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Wallace Stevens - Disillusionment Of Ten O'clock

The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches Tigers
In red weather.

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Poet: Wallace Stevens
Poem: Disillusionment Of Ten O'clock
Poem of the Day: Sep 9 2006

Comment 5 of 5, added on March 14th, 2011 at 11:56 AM.
Poems and Meaning.

Why must the poem have meaning?
It is a poem of random nonsense.
I discussed this with my peotry teacher and we both agreed it is just a random poem.
Poems do not always have to have some deep meaning. They can just be for fun. They can be read and written just for fun.
Why must we disect everything?

Hillary from United States
Comment 4 of 5, added on July 20th, 2010 at 5:17 PM.

Okay, here is what I get:
Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock -
What excitment, what dreams we expect of the night may not exist.

The houses are haunted by white night-gowns. Was there a time when no white night gowns were worn?
Not just the speaker's house, but houses of people in general face a dull, unfulfilled existence lacking excitement, romance and dreams.
We look forward to the evening which is probably ten o'clock for rest from a busy or weary day. Perhaps filled with romance, rest, rejuvenation, excitement..there just isn't any. Has the mystery of the romance faded to nothing? Not even blue with yellow rings or yellow with green rings?
Not even enhanced by lace and sashes.
Red weather at night promises happiness and joy. But only an occasional binge and a drunkard can catch tigers, which insinuates an excursion or adventure. Yet he sleeps in his boots, there is no rest at all

Carolyn from United States
Comment 3 of 5, added on May 31st, 2010 at 11:49 AM.

"In read weather" refers to the sailor.

"red at night
sailor's delight
red in hte morning
sailor's warning"

Ci Ci from United States

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