Nuances Of A Theme By Williams
It’s a strange courage
you give me, ancient star:
Shine alone in the sunrise
toward which you lend no part!
Shine alone, shine nakedly, shine like bronze
that reflects neither my face nor any inner part
of my being, shine like fire, that mirrors nothing.
Lend no part to any humanity that suffuses
you in its own light.
Be not chimera of morning,
Be not an intelligence,
Like a widow’s bird
Or an old horse.
—Romanticism mixing with modernist metaphysics; devotion to the thing or object (a kind of aesthetic realism), individualism, and a commitment to Enlightenment ideas.
William Carlos Williams’ original poem here.