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Wallace Stevens - The House Was Quiet And The World Was Calm

The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The reader became the book; and summer night

Was like the conscious being of the book.
The house was quiet and the world was calm.

The words were spoken as if there was no book,
Except that the reader leaned above the page,

Wanted to lean, wanted much to be
The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.
The house was quiet because it had to be.

The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:
The access of perfection to the page.

And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,
In which there is no other meaning, itself

Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself
Is the reader leaning late and reading there.

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Poet: Wallace Stevens
Poem: The House Was Quiet And The World Was Calm
Poem of the Day: Jan 23 2006

Comment 1 of 1, added on April 1st, 2006 at 12:15 PM.

Knopf's 1997 edition of Stevens' Collected Poems Of... p. 358: 4th stanza, 1st line:
"Wanted to lean, wanted much most to be"

The same in Vintage 1990 edition: the Palm At The End Of The Mind, p. 279.

When googling this poem, I found the word "most" omitted from that line:
http://www.filg.uj.edu.pl/ifa/przeklad/wshusorg.html
http://www.repeatafterus.com/title.php?i=4700
http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/Wallace-Stevens/1023
http://plagiarist.com/poetry/1024/
http://www.eliteskills.com/c/12886 etc.

Is this just a lot of people's sloppy typing, or did Stevens re-do that line somewhere? Any insight? Thank you.




Craig Czury from United States

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