1] Stevens confessed in letters to William Rose Benét in January 1933 that this poem, offering both the "commonplace" and a certain "gawdiness," took little effort to write (Letters, 263-64).
3] concupiscent: sexually arousing.
9] deal: wood of fir or pine.
11] fantails: according to Stevens himself in June 1939, fantail pigeons (Letters, 340-41).
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Harmonium (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, [September 7], 1923): 95. York University Library Special Collections 734
First publication date: July 1922
Publication date note: The Dial 73 (July 1922): 64
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14
Form: irregular couplets
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