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Wallace Stevens

Datum narození: 2. říjen 1879
Datum úmrtí: 2. srpen 1955

Wallace Stevens byl americký básník, zařazovaný k modernismu.

Za knihu Collected Poems získal roku 1955 americkou Pulitzerovu cenu. Literární teorie v jeho díle nalézala souvislosti s Husserlovou a Heideggerovou fenomenologií, Friedrichem Nietzschem či hermetismem. Politicky patřil k pravici, podporoval Republikánskou stranu.


„Život v tragické zemi se rovná životu v tragickém čase.“

„Po konečném ne přichází ano a na tom ano stojí budoucí svět. Ne byla noc. Ano je zde přítomné slunce.“


„Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.“

„Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.“

„Death is the mother of beauty. Only the perishable can be beautiful, which is why we are unmoved by artificial flowers.“

„I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendos
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.“

„The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.“ The Collected Poems

„Throw away the light, the definitions, and say what you see in the dark.“


„Reality is a cliché from which we escape by metaphor.“ The Necessary Angel: Essays on Reality and the Imagination

„It is not everyday that the world arranges itself into a poem.“

„The exceeding brightness of this early sun
Makes me conceive how dark I have become.“
The Palm at the End of the Mind: Selected Poems and a Play

„We live in an old chaos of the sun.“


„The imperfect is our paradise.“

„The reader became the book; and summer night
Was like the conscious being of the book.“

„The final belief is to believe in a fiction, which you know to be a fiction, there being nothing else. The exquisite truth is to know that it is a fiction and that you believe in it willingly.“ Opus Posthumous: Poems, Plays, Prose

„I am what is around me.“

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