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Wallace Stevens - Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird


Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the black bird.


I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.


The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.


A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.


I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.


Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.


O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?


I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.


When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.


At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.


He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.


The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.


It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.

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Poet: Wallace Stevens
Poem: Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird
Poem of the Day: May 29 2005

Comment 4 of 4, added on August 22nd, 2008 at 3:31 PM.

I adore Berryman, but 13 Ways was written by Wallace Stevens.

Chris from United States
Comment 3 of 4, added on February 4th, 2008 at 12:21 AM.

This poem makes me use my imaginaion in determining exactly where the blackbird is physically.

Leonard B Gonzalez from United States
Comment 2 of 4, added on January 11th, 2006 at 3:45 PM.

Tranquility at it's best.

Teryn from United States

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