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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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„That strange flower, the sun,
Is just what you say.
Have it your way.“

—  Wallace Stevens, buch Harmonium

"Gubbinal"
Harmonium (1923)
Kontext: 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

„We live in an old chaos of the sun.“

—  Wallace Stevens, buch Harmonium

"Sunday Morning"
Harmonium (1923)
Kontext: We live in an old chaos of the sun,
Or an old dependency of day and night,
Or island solitude, unsponsored, free,
Of that wide water, inescapable.
Kontext: We live in an old chaos of the sun,
Or an old dependency of day and night,
Or island solitude, unsponsored, free,
Of that wide water, inescapable.
Deer walk upon our mountains, and quail
Whistle about us their spontaneous cries;
Sweet berries ripen in the wilderness;
And, in the isolation of the sky,
At evening, casual flocks of pigeons make
Ambiguous undulations as they sink,
Downward to darkness, on extended wings.

„What is divinity if it can come
Only in silent shadows and in dreams?“

—  Wallace Stevens, buch Harmonium

"Sunday Morning"
Harmonium (1923)

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

—  Wallace Stevens

Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract
Kontext: 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

„Out of nothing to have come on major weather,“

—  Wallace Stevens

Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Give Pleasure
Kontext: 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.

„Am I not,
Myself, only half a figure of a sort,
A figure half seen, or seen for a moment, a man
Of the mind, an apparition appareled in
Apparels of such lightest look that a turn
Of my shoulders and quickly, too quickly, I am gone?“

—  Wallace Stevens

"Angel Surrounded by Paysans" (1949)
Kontext: I am one of you and being one of you
Is being and knowing what I am and know.
Yet I am the necessary angel of earth,
Since, in my sight, you see the earth again,
Cleared of its stiff and stubborn, man-locked set
And, in my hearing, you hear its tragic drone
Rise liquidly in liquid lingerings,
Like watery words awash; like meanings said
By repetitions of half-meanings. Am I not,
Myself, only half a figure of a sort,
A figure half seen, or seen for a moment, a man
Of the mind, an apparition appareled in
Apparels of such lightest look that a turn
Of my shoulders and quickly, too quickly, I am gone?

„Perhaps there are times of inherent excellence“

—  Wallace Stevens

Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract
Kontext: 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

„We agree in principle. That's clear.“

—  Wallace Stevens

"A High-Toned Old Christian Woman" (1922)
Kontext: We agree in principle. That's clear. But take
The opposing law and make a peristyle,
And from the peristyle project a masque
Beyond the planets. Thus, our bawdiness,
Unpurged by epitaph, indulged at last,
Is equally converted into palms,
Squiggling like saxophones. And palm for palm,
Madame, we are where we began.

„Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates.“

—  Wallace Stevens

"Two or Three Ideas" (1951); later published in Opus Posthumous (1959)
Kontext: Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress.

„We more than awaken, sit on the edge of sleep,
As on an elevation, and behold
The academies like structures in a mist.“

—  Wallace Stevens

Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract
Kontext: 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

„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

"Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit"
Transport to Summer (1947)
Kontext: 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

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

—  Wallace Stevens

"Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit"
Transport to Summer (1947)
Kontext: 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

„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
Kontext: 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

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