Wallace Stevens was born 2 October 1879, and died 2 August 1955
- Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.
- Poetry is an effort of a dissatisfied man to find satisfaction through words.
- A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.
- Reality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.
- Accuracy of observation is the equivalent of accuracy of thinking.
- In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
- 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.
- Style is not something applied. It is something that permeates. It is of the nature of that in which it is found, whether the poem, the manner of a god, the bearing of a man. It is not a dress.
- Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
- I like my philosophy smothered in beauty and not the opposite.
Stevens was an American Modernist poet. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955.
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