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Wallace Stevens

Data de nascimento: 2. Outubro 1879
Data de falecimento: 2. Agosto 1955

Wallace Stevens foi um poeta modernista norte-americano. Educado em Harvard e depois na New York Law School, trabalhou em uma companhia de seguros em Connecticut na maior parte de sua vida.

Seus poemas mais conhecidos incluem "Anedota de um jarro", "Desilusão das dez horas", "O Imperador do Sorvete", "A Ideia de Ordem em Key West", "Manhã de Domingo" e "Treze maneiras de olhar para um melro".

Citações Wallace Stevens

„O poema deve resistir à inteligência / Quase com sucesso.“

—  Wallace Stevens

The poem must resist the intelligence / Almost successfully
The palm at the end of the mind: selected poems and a play‎ - Página 281, de Wallace Stevens - Publicado por Knopf, 1971 - 404 páginas

„O poeta é o sacerdote do invisível.“

—  Wallace Stevens

The poet is the priest of the invisible
Opus Posthumous: Poems, Plays, Prose‎ - Página 169, de Wallace Stevens, Samuel French Morse - Publicado por Knopf, 1957 - 300 páginas

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

—  Wallace Stevens, livro Harmonium

"Gubbinal"
Harmonium (1923)
Contexto: 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

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

—  Wallace Stevens

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

„To be young is all there is in the world.“

—  Wallace Stevens

Letter to his future wife Elsie Moll Kachel (21 March 1907); as published in Letters of Wallace Stevens (1966) edited by Holly Stevens, Ch. 5
Contexto: To be young is all there is in the world. The rest is nonsense — and cant. They talk so beautifully about work and having a family and a home (and I do, too, sometimes) — but it’s all worry and head-aches and respectable poverty and forced gushing.... Telling people how nice it is, when, in reality, you would give all of your last thirty years for one of your first thirty. Old people are tremendous frauds.

„Straight to the utmost crown of night he flew.
The nothingness was a nakedness, a point“

—  Wallace Stevens

Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Give Pleasure
Contexto: p>Straight to the utmost crown of night he flew.
The nothingness was a nakedness, a pointBeyond which thought could not progress as thought.
He had to choose. But it was not a choice
Between excluding things. It was not a choiceBetween, but of. He chose to include the things
That in each other are included, the whole,
The complicate, the amassing harmony.</p

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„To find the real,
To be stripped of every fiction except one,“

—  Wallace Stevens

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

„One of the limits of reality
Presents itself in Oley when the hay,
Baked through long days, is piled in mows. It is
A land too ripe for enigmas, too serene.…“

—  Wallace Stevens

"Credences of Summer"
Collected Poems (1954)
Contexto: One of the limits of reality
Presents itself in Oley when the hay,
Baked through long days, is piled in mows. It is
A land too ripe for enigmas, too serene.…
Things stop in that direction and since they stop
The direction stops and we accept what is
As good. The utmost must be good and is…

„After the final no there comes a yes
And on that yes the future world depends.“

—  Wallace Stevens, livro Harmonium

"The Well Dressed Man with a Beard"
Harmonium (1923)
Contexto: After the final no there comes a yes
And on that yes the future world depends.
No was the night. Yes is this present sun.

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

—  Wallace Stevens

"Men Made Out of Words"
Transport to Summer (1947)
Contexto: 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.

„Life consists
Of propositions about life.“

—  Wallace Stevens

"Men Made Out of Words"
Transport to Summer (1947)
Contexto: 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.

„The major abstraction is the commonal,
The inanimate, difficult visage.“

—  Wallace Stevens

Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction (1942), It Must Be Abstract
Contexto: p>In being more than an exception, part,Though an heroic part, of the commonal.
The major abstraction is the commonal,
The inanimate, difficult visage.</p

„We say God and the imagination are one…
How high that highest candle lights the dark.“

—  Wallace Stevens

"Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour"
Collected Poems (1954)
Contexto: We say God and the imagination are one...
How high that highest candle lights the dark.
Out of this same light, out of the central mind,
We make a dwelling in the evening air,
In which being there together is enough.

„It is the human that demands his speech
From beasts or from the incommunicable mass.“

—  Wallace Stevens

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

„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
Contexto: 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.

„What the poet has in mind . . . is that poetic value is an intrinsic value. It is not the value of knowledge. It is not the value of faith. It is the value of imagination.“

—  Wallace Stevens

The Necessary Angel (1951), Imagination as Value
Contexto: What the poet has in mind... is that poetic value is an intrinsic value. It is not the value of knowledge. It is not the value of faith. It is the value of imagination. The poet tries to exemplify it, in part as I have tried to exemplify it here, by identifying it with an imaginative activity that diffuses itself throughout our lives.

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