Although you sit in a room that is gray,
Except for the silver
Of the straw-paper,
And pick
At your pale white gown;
Or lift one of the green beads
Of your necklace,
To let it fall;
Or gaze at your green fan
Printed with the red branches of a red willow;
Or, with one finger,
Move the leaf in the bowl–
The leaf that has fallen from the branches of the forsythia
Beside you…
What is all this?
I know how furiously your heart is beating.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Wallace Stevens's poem Gray Room

1 Comment

  1. Kyle Caputo says:

    This poem is absolutely beautiful. It is so meaningful for all the people you see who seem to waste away their life in boredom. Yet within them, there is a storm of activity and thought. There is an urge to get out.

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