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Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

The Snow Man


              1One must have a mind of winter
              2To regard the frost and the boughs
              3Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

              4And have been cold a long time
              5To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
              6The spruces rough in the distant glitter

              7Of the January sun; and not to think
              8Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
              9In the sound of a few leaves,

            10Which is the sound of the land
            11Full of the same wind
            12That is blowing in the same bare place

            13For the listener, who listens in the snow,
            14And, nothing himself, beholds
            15Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Harmonium (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, [September 7], 1923): 24. York University Library Special Collections 734
First publication date: October 1921
Publication date note: Poetry 19 (October 1921)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14

Form note: tercets, varying from octometer


Other poems by Wallace Stevens