Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
September 26th, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 316,770 comments.
Wallace Stevens - Of Modern Poetry

The poem of the mind in the act of finding
What will suffice. It has not always had
To find: the scene was set; it repeated what
Was in the script.
Then the theatre was changed
To something else. Its past was a souvenir.

It has to be living, to learn the speech of the place.
It has to face the men of the time and to meet
The women of the time. It has to think about war
And it has to find what will suffice. It has
To construct a new stage. It has to be on that stage,
And, like an insatiable actor, slowly and
With meditation, speak words that in the ear,
In the delicatest ear of the mind, repeat,
Exactly, that which it wants to hear, at the sound
Of which, an invisible audience listens,
Not to the play, but to itself, expressed
In an emotion as of two people, as of two
Emotions becoming one. The actor is
A metaphysician in the dark, twanging
An instrument, twanging a wiry string that gives
Sounds passing through sudden rightnesses, wholly
Containing the mind, below which it cannot descend,
Beyond which it has no will to rise.
It must
Be the finding of a satisfaction, and may
Be of a man skating, a woman dancing, a woman
Combing. The poem of the act of the mind.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 16181 times | Comments and analysis of Of Modern Poetry by Wallace Stevens Comments (11)

Of Modern Poetry - Comments and Information

Poet: Wallace Stevens
Poem: Of Modern Poetry
Poem of the Day: Jun 6 2014

Comment 11 of 11, added on October 15th, 2015 at 6:46 PM.
cjPEnERSnyd

ddYnCM I think this is a real great blog post.Really thank you! Really Great.

crork fiverr from Tonga
Comment 10 of 11, added on September 3rd, 2015 at 2:52 PM.
SGZNkmiBipfNznYQpIb

CDP9Yp story. I was surprised you aren at more popular given that you definitely possess the gift.

crorkzz from Liberia
Comment 9 of 11, added on June 11th, 2015 at 8:38 AM.
gTacAUgmNBJib

sQ3dx1 Thank you ever so for you article.Thanks Again. Cool.

crorkzz com from Rwandese Republic (Rwanda)

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Of Modern Poetry, has received 11 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Stevens Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links