Wednesday Poem: Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man

The Snow Man 

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

 For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

 –Wallace Stevens

I think this is one of the better poems in the English language.  At first look, I see at least Shakespeare and Emerson.

It is one thing to have such thoughts, and quite another to turn them into objects of beauty, a world of artifice and depth.   

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