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Wallace Stevens



    The imagination is man's power over nature.

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    Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

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    Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!

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    A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.

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    I can't make head or tail of Life. Love is a fine thing, Art is a fine thing, Nature is a fine thing; but the average human mind and spirit are confusing beyond measure. Sometimes I think that all our learning is the little learning of the maxim. To laugh at a Roman awe-stricken in a sacred grove is to laugh at something today.

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    A poem need not have a meaning and like most things in nature often does not have.

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    In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all

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    To be young is all there is in the world. They talk so beautifully about work and having a family and a home (and I do, too, sometimes) --but it's all worry and head-aches and respectable poverty and forced gushing. Telling people how nice it is, when, in reality, you would give all of your last thirty years for one of your first thirty. Old people are tremendous frauds.

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    Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her, Alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams And our desires

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