Thinking about Wallace Stevens….


     “What is the poet’s subject?  It is his sense of the world.  The truth is that a man’s (one’s) sense of the world dictates his subjects to him, and that this sense is derived from his personality, his temperament, over which he has little control and possibly none, except superficially.  It is not a literary problem.  It’s the problem of his mind and nerves.  These sayings are another form of the saying that “Poets are born, not made”.  A poet writes of twilight because he shrinks from noonday.” (WS)

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