Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

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Wallace Stevens (1879—1955) American poet



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Poem by Wallace Stevens, composed in 1917 and published in Harmonium (1923).

The work is composed of 13 brief but suggestive imagistic statements, in each of which a blackbird is the point of reference. Although the blackbird is central to the context of each verse, the bird does not possess a constant symbolic meaning. It is considered in more general philosophic terms that relate the 13 views to issues concerning reality and the imagination, but these are not presented in an orderly or sequential relationship.

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