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Thirteen Ways Of Looking At A Blackbird Analysis

Author: poem of Wallace Stevens Type: poem Views: 21

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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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| Posted on 2017-07-11 | by a guest

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As a product of the failed British education system I was handed this to review.I\'m not an academic or even university material,my thoughts:the bird itself is irrelevant,the observations however are profound,to my simple mind, the poem seems to be about, life, existance,death and do I detct Buddist influence? I,ve read other sites which go into considerable detail to it\'s meaning,I think many U.S scholars fall into the trap of misinterpreting the non message of the poem.

| Posted on 2012-06-13 | by a guest

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I believe that the blackbird represents a pure reality that we can only see parts of which is our perception of what is real.

| Posted on 2012-03-19 | by a guest

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The blackbird represents the unknowable and irreducible, the thing that should not be there, yet is. The intangible.

| Posted on 2012-01-27 | by a guest

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i have no idea what this poem means can somebody please explain a little more in depth.

| Posted on 2011-04-06 | by a guest

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this poem is a terrible excuse for poetry. it should not be included in part of stevens's best works. he's great, this poem however, is subpar.

| Posted on 2010-05-25 | by a guest

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I believe the blackbird represents war. A blackbird could be a raven which is a symbol of war to some people. War also fits all the sections.

| Posted on 2010-05-03 | by a guest

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I have heard multiple explanations. From a discussion that I had with many of my peers, the blackbird could x thought
However it has also been suggested that the poem has been written for the soul purpose of promoting in depth thought and contemplation on just what the blackbird represents and that in reality, many different things fit the blackbird described in the poem.

| Posted on 2010-03-30 | by a guest

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i think the blackbird is a symbol for the loss and longing between the man and woman. they are together but are separated by the space caused by the black bird.

| Posted on 2009-11-12 | by a guest

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I believe time is what the blackbird represents, it fits all 13 sections

| Posted on 2009-02-09 | by a guest

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