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Quotations From WALLACE STEVENS

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  • 21.
    To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Imagination as Value," The Necessary Angel (1949, repr. 1951).

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  • 22.
    What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Three Academic Pieces," no. 1, The Necessary Angel (first published 1947, repr. 1951).

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  • 23.
    The genuine artist is never "true to life." He sees what is real, but not as we are normally aware of it. We do not go storming through life like actors in a play. Art is never real life.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "On Poetic Truth," Opus Posthumous (1959).

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  • 24.
    Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).
  • 25.
    It is the unknown that excites the ardor of scholars, who, in the known alone, would shrivel up with boredom.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Lecture, c. 1937. "The Irrational Element in Poetry," Opus Posthumous (1959).

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  • 26.
    A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Adagia," Opus Posthumous (1959).

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  • 27.
    Unfortunately there is nothing more inane than an Easter carol. It is a religious perversion of the activity of Spring in our blood.
    Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Letter, April 23, 1916. Letters of Wallace Stevens, no. 202, ed. Holly Stevens (1967). To his future wife, Elsie Moll Kachel.

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