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The Idea Of Order At Key West Analysis

Author: Poetry of Wallace Stevens Type: Poetry Views: 449

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She sang beyond the genius of the sea.

The water never formed to mind or voice,

Like a body wholly body, fluttering

Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion

Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,

That was not ours although we understood,

Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.The sea was not a mask. No more was she.

The song and water were not medleyed sound

Even if what she sang was what she heard,

Since what she sang was uttered word by word.

It may be that in all her phrases stirred

The grinding water and the gasping wind;

But it was she and not the sea we heard.For she was the maker of the song she sang.

The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured sea

Was merely a place by which she walked to sing.

Whose spirit is this? we said, because we knew

It was the spirit that we sought and knew

That we should ask this often as she sang.If it was only the dark voice of the sea

That rose, or even colored by many waves;

If it was only the outer voice of sky

And cloud, of the sunken coral water-walled,

However clear, it would have been deep air,

The heaving speech of air, a summer sound

Repeated in a summer without end

And sound alone. But it was more than that,

More even than her voice, and ours, among

The meaningless plungings of water and the wind,

Theatrical distances, bronze shadows heaped

On high horizons, mountainous atmospheres

Of sky and sea.

It was her voice that made

The sky acutest at its vanishing.

She measured to the hour its solitude.

She was the single artificer of the world

In which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,

Whatever self it had, became the self

That was her song, for she was the maker. Then we,

As we beheld her striding there alone,

Knew that there was never a world for her

Except the one she sang and, singing, made.Ramon Fernandez, tell me, if you know,

Why, when the singing ended and we turned

Toward the town, tell why the glassy lights,

The lights in the fishing boats at anchor there,

As the night descended, tilting in the air,

Mastered the night and portioned out the sea,

Fixing emblazoned zones and fiery poles,

Arranging, deepening, enchanting night.Oh! Blessed rage for order, pale Ramon,

The maker's rage to order words of sea

Words of the fragrant portals, dimly-starred,

And of ourselves and our origins,

In ghostlier demarcations, keener sounds.


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The poem has greater concerns than a hurricane, and Stevens presents his argument quite clearly. I don't know what in the world led you to hurricanes.

| Posted on 2016-08-04 | by a guest

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this will be short and not schollarly. I recently wrote a paper on this . I came up with the idea that the woman that sang beyond the beauty of the sea was a metaphor for a hurricane. I did quik research and discovered that the most powerful hurricane in US history to hit land was in the florida keys in the summer of 1935. this poem was published in 36, but i come to learn after i write my paper and make my arguments that this was written in 34. wah. i still hold on to my silly interpretation that it is about hurricanes, there are always hurricanes in the florida keys.anyway, i wrote that fernandez was a freind of his that died in the hurricane, but maybe he was a stranger that died and stevens wanted to give a name to the tragedy- blah blah.i am probably seriosly wrong , but when i wrote this paper i did not want to read anyone elses interpretation till i was done writing. i am not sur ewhy i did that, maybe to challenge myself.i seemed to be on the right path about there being an epiphany. i wrote the storm triggered an epiphany , but i wrote a spiritual epiphany, and i came to learn that he was not a very spiritual person, he considered god and religion and stuff like that to be fiction.

| Posted on 2013-01-29 | by a guest

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