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The fire burns as the novel taught it how.

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "The Novel.")
Describe with deepened voice
And noble imagery
His slowly-falling round
Down to the fishy sea.

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Some Friends from Pascagoula.")
When over the houses, a golden illusion
Brings back an earlier season of quiet
And quieting dreams in the sleepers in darkness
The moon is the mother of pathos and pity.

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Lunar Paraphrase.")
The reason can give nothing at all Like the response to desire.

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Dezembrum," Parts of a World (1942). Concluding lines.)
We have been a little insane about the truth. We have had an obsession.

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Lecture. "The Noble Rider and the Sound of Words," The Necessary Angel (first published 1942, repr. 1951).)
The grackles sing avant the spring
Most spiss oh! Yes, most spissantly.
They sing right puissantly.

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Snow and Stars.")
Of a green evening, clear and warm,
She bathed in her still garden, while
The red-eyed elders watching, felt

The basses of their beings throb
In witching chords, and their thin blood
Pulse pizzicati of Hosanna.

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. Peter Quince at the Clavier (l. 10-15). . . Collected Poems [Stevie Smith]. James MacGibbon, ed. (1976) New Directions.)
Who can think of the sun costuming clouds
When all people are shaken
Or of night endazzled, proud,
When people awaken
And cry and cry for help?

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "A Fading of the Sun.")
How does one stand
To behold the sublime,
To confront the mockers,
The mickey mockers
And plated pairs?

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "The American Sublime.")
How red the rose that is the soldier's wound,
The wounds of many soldiers, the wounds of all
The soldiers that have fallen, red in blood,
The soldier of time grown deathless in great size.

(Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), U.S. poet. "Esth?tique du Mal.")