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Wallace Stevens

Geburtstag: 2. Oktober 1879
Todesdatum: 2. August 1955

Wallace Stevens war ein amerikanischer Lyriker und Essayist.

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„The world is ugly,
And the people are sad..“

—  Wallace Stevens, buch Harmonium
Harmonium (1923), Context: p>That strange flower, the sun, Is just what you say. Have it your way.The world is ugly, And the people are sad..</p "Gubbinal"

„Perhaps
The truth depends on a walk around a lake“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract, Context: p>Perhaps The truth depends on a walk around a lake,A composing as the body tires, a stop To see hepatica, a stop to watch A definition growing certain andA wait within that certainty, a rest In the swags of pine-trees bordering the lake. Perhaps there are times of inherent excellence</p

„Does not see these separate figures one by one,
And yet see only one“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract, Context: p>What chieftain, walking by himself, crying Most miserable, most victorious,Does not see these separate figures one by one, And yet see only one, in his old coat, His slouching pantaloons, beyond the town,Looking for what was, where it used to be?</p

„Are the ravishments of truth, so fatal to
The truth itself, the first idea becomes
The hermit in a poet’s metaphors“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract, Context: p>So poisonousAre the ravishments of truth, so fatal to The truth itself, the first idea becomes The hermit in a poet’s metaphors,Who comes and goes and comes and goes all day.</p

„The seraph
Is satyr in Saturn, according to his thoughts.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Change, Context: The bees came booming as if they had never gone, As if hyacinths had never gone. We say This changes and that changes. Thus the constant Violets, doves, girls, bees and hyacinths Are inconstant objects of inconstant cause In a universe of inconstancy. This meansNight-blue is an inconstant thing. The seraph Is satyr in Saturn, according to his thoughts.

„I am the woman stripped more nakedly
Than nakedness, standing before an inflexible
Order, saying I am the contemplated spouse.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Change, Context: I am the spouse. She took her necklace off And laid it in the sand. As I am, I am The spouse. She opened her stone-studded belt. I am the spouse, divested of bright gold, The spouse beyond emerald or amethyst, Beyond the burning body that I bear. I am the woman stripped more nakedly Than nakedness, standing before an inflexible Order, saying I am the contemplated spouse.

„The difficultest rigor is forthwith,
On the image of what we see, to catch from that
Irrational moment its unreasoning“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Give Pleasure, Context: p>The difficultest rigor is forthwith, On the image of what we see, to catch from that Irrational moment its unreasoning, As when the sun comes rising, when the sea Clears deeply, when the moon hangs on the wall Of heaven-haven. These are not things transformed. Yet we are shaken by them as if they were. We reason about them with a later reason.</p

„The whole race is a poet that writes down
The eccentric propositions of its fate.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Transport to Summer (1947), Context: Life consists Of propositions about life. The human Revery is a solitude in which We compose these propositions, torn by dreams, By the terrible incantations of defeats And by the fear that the defeats and the dreams are one. The whole race is a poet that writes down The eccentric propositions of its fate. "Men Made Out of Words"

„But to impose is not
To discover.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Give Pleasure, Context: p>But to impose is not To discover. To discover an order as of A season, to discover summer and know it, To discover winter and know it well, to find Not to impose, not to have reasoned at all, Out of nothing to have come on major weather,It is possible, possible, possible. It must Be possible. It must be that in time The real will from its crude compoundings come,Seeming at first, a beast disgorged, unlike, Warmed by a desperate milk. To find the real, To be stripped of every fiction except one,The fiction of an absolute — Angel, Be silent in your luminous cloud and hear The luminous melody of proper sound.

„Violets, doves, girls, bees and hyacinths
Are inconstant objects of inconstant cause
In a universe of inconstancy.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Change, Context: The bees came booming as if they had never gone, As if hyacinths had never gone. We say This changes and that changes. Thus the constant Violets, doves, girls, bees and hyacinths Are inconstant objects of inconstant cause In a universe of inconstancy. This meansNight-blue is an inconstant thing. The seraph Is satyr in Saturn, according to his thoughts.

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„A vermillioned nothingness, any stick of the mass
Of which we are too distantly a part.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Transport to Summer (1947), Context: p> If there must be a god in the house, must be, Saying things in the room and on the stair,Let him move as the sunlight moves on the floor, Or moonlight, silently, as Plato's ghostOr Aristotle's skeleton. Let him hang out His stars on the wall. He must dwell quietly.He must be incapable of speaking, closed, As those are: as light, for all its motion, is;As color, even the closest to us, is; As shapes, though they portend us, are.It is the human that is the alien, The human that has no cousin in the moon.It is the human that demands his speech From beasts or from the incommunicable mass.If there must be a god in the house, let him be one That will not hear us when we speak: a coolnessA vermillioned nothingness, any stick of the mass Of which we are too distantly a part.</p "Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit"

„As a man and woman meet and love forthwith.
Perhaps there are moments of awakening,
Extreme, fortuitous, personal, in which“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract, Context: p>As a man and woman meet and love forthwith. Perhaps there are moments of awakening, Extreme, fortuitous, personal, in whichWe more than awaken, sit on the edge of sleep, As on an elevation, and behold The academies like structures in a mist.</p

„Begin, ephebe, by perceiving the idea
Of this invention, this invented world,
The inconceivable idea of the sun.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract, Context: p>Begin, ephebe, by perceiving the idea Of this invention, this invented world, The inconceivable idea of the sun.You must become an ignorant man again And see the sun again with an ignorant eye And see it clearly in the idea of it.Never suppose an inventing mind as source Of this idea nor for that mind compose A voluminous master folded in his fire.</p

„Apotheosis is not
The origin of the major man.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract, Context: p>Apotheosis is not The origin of the major man. He comes,p>Compact in invincible foils, from reason, Lighted at midnight by the studious eye, Swaddled in revery, the object ofThe hum of thoughts evaded in the mind...</p

„How simply the fictive hero becomes the real;
How gladly with proper words the solider dies,
If he must, or lives on the bread of faithful speech.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Give Pleasure, Context: His petty syllabi, the sounds that stick, Inevitably modulating, in the blood. And war for war, each has its gallant kind. How simply the fictive hero becomes the real; How gladly with proper words the solider dies, If he must, or lives on the bread of faithful speech.

„If there must be a god in the house, must be,
Saying things in the room and on the stair,“

—  Wallace Stevens
Transport to Summer (1947), Context: p> If there must be a god in the house, must be, Saying things in the room and on the stair,Let him move as the sunlight moves on the floor, Or moonlight, silently, as Plato's ghostOr Aristotle's skeleton. Let him hang out His stars on the wall. He must dwell quietly.He must be incapable of speaking, closed, As those are: as light, for all its motion, is;As color, even the closest to us, is; As shapes, though they portend us, are.It is the human that is the alien, The human that has no cousin in the moon.It is the human that demands his speech From beasts or from the incommunicable mass.If there must be a god in the house, let him be one That will not hear us when we speak: a coolnessA vermillioned nothingness, any stick of the mass Of which we are too distantly a part.</p "Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit"

„If there must be a god in the house, let him be one
That will not hear us when we speak: a coolness“

—  Wallace Stevens
Transport to Summer (1947), Context: p> If there must be a god in the house, must be, Saying things in the room and on the stair,Let him move as the sunlight moves on the floor, Or moonlight, silently, as Plato's ghostOr Aristotle's skeleton. Let him hang out His stars on the wall. He must dwell quietly.He must be incapable of speaking, closed, As those are: as light, for all its motion, is;As color, even the closest to us, is; As shapes, though they portend us, are.It is the human that is the alien, The human that has no cousin in the moon.It is the human that demands his speech From beasts or from the incommunicable mass.If there must be a god in the house, let him be one That will not hear us when we speak: a coolnessA vermillioned nothingness, any stick of the mass Of which we are too distantly a part.</p "Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit"

„What is beyond the cathedral, outside,
Balances with nuptial song.“

—  Wallace Stevens
The Man With the Blue Guitar (1937), Context: What is beyond the cathedral, outside, Balances with nuptial song. So it is to sit and to balance things To and to and to the point of still, To say of one mask it is like, To say of another it is like, To know that the balance does not quite rest, That the mask is strange, however like.

„Yet look not at his colored eyes. Give him
No names. Dismiss him from your images.
The hot of him is purest in the heart.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract, Context: p>He is and may be but oh! He is, he is, This foundling of the infected past, so bright, So moving in the manner of his hand. Yet look not at his colored eyes. Give him No names. Dismiss him from your images. The hot of him is purest in the heart. </p

„Soldier, there is a war between the mind
And sky, between thought and day and night.“

—  Wallace Stevens
Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Give Pleasure, Context: Soldier, there is a war between the mind And sky, between thought and day and night. It is For that the poet is always in the sun, Patches the moon together in his room To his Virgilian cadences, up down, Up down. It is a war that never ends.

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