13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird


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Wallace Stevens' "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" appeared originally in 1917 and was subsequently published in his first book, Harmonium, in 1923. In a letter, Stevens once wrote that "this group of poems is not meant to be a collection of epigrams or of ideas, but of sensations." If this is indeed the poet's intent, the poem provides readers with no fewer than thirteen perspectives or observances about blackbirds, but in those "thirteen ways" is the immeasurable culmination of sensations. Just as the poet's ...

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird 2013, Stephen F. Austin University Press, Nacogdoches, Texas

ISBN-13: 9781622880188