New

New

By Gertrude Stein 1874–1946 Gertrude Stein
We knew.
    Anne to come.   
    Anne to come.   
    Be new.
    Be new too.
    Anne to come   
    Anne to come   
    Be new
    Be new too.
    And anew.
    Anne to come.   
    Anne anew.
    Anne do come.
    Anne do come too, to come and to come not to come and as to
and new, and new too.   
    Anne do come.   
    Anne knew.
    Anne to come.   
    Anne anew.
    Anne to come.   
    And as new.
    Anne to come to come too.
    Half of it.
    Was she
    Windows
    Was she
    Or mine
    Was she
    Or as she
    For she or she or sure.   
    Enable her to say.   
    And enable her to say.
    Or half way.
    Sitting down.
    Half sitting down.
    And another way.
    Their ships
    And please.
    As the other side.
    And another side
    Incoming   
    Favorable and be fought.
    Adds to it.
    In half.
    Take the place of take the place of take the place of taking   
place.
    Take the place of in places.
    Take the place of taken in place of places.
    Take the place of it, she takes it in the place of it. In the way   
of arches architecture.
    Who has seen shown
    You do.
    Hoodoo.
    If can in countenance to countenance a countenance as in as   
seen.
    Change it.
    Not nearly so much.
    He had.   
    She had.   
    Had she.
    He had nearly very nearly as much.
    She had very nearly as much as had had.
    Had she.   
    She had.
    Loose loosen, Loose losten to losten, to lose.
    Many.
    If a little if as little if as little as that.
    If as little as that, if it is as little as that that is if it is very nearly all of it, her dear her dear does not mention a ball at all.
    Actually.
    As to this.
    Actually as to this.
    High or do you do it.
    Actually as to this high or do you do it.   
    Not how do you do it.
    Actually as to this.
    Not having been or not having been nor having been or not
having been.   
    Interrupted.
    All of this makes it unanxiously.
    Feel so.
    Add to it.
    As add to it.   
    He.
    He.
    As add to it.   
    As add to it.   
    As he
    As he as add to it.
    He.
    As he
    Add to it.   
    Not so far.   
    Constantly as seen.
    Not as far as to mean.
    I mean I mean.
    Constantly.   
    As far.
    So far.
    Forbore.
    He forbore.   
    To forbear.
    Their forbears.
    Plainly.
    In so far.   
    Instance.
    For instance.
    In so far.

Gertrude Stein, “New” from The Yale Gertrude Stein (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980). Reprinted with the permission of Mr. Stanford Gann Jr., Levin & Gann, P.A., Literary Executor of the Estate of Gertrude Stein.

Source: The Yale Gertrude Stein (Yale University Press, 1980)

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Poet Gertrude Stein 1874–1946

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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From the time she moved to France in 1903 until her death in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1946, American writer Gertrude Stein was a central figure in the Parisian art world. An advocate of the avant garde, Stein helped shape an artistic movement that demanded a novel form of expression and a conscious break with the past. The salon at 27 rue de Fleurus that she shared with Alice B. Toklas, her lifelong companion and secretary, became a . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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