Infanta Marina

By Wallace Stevens 1879–1955 Wallace Stevens
Her terrace was the sand
And the palms and the twilight.
 
She made of the motions of her wrist
The grandiose gestures
Of her thought.
 
The rumpling of the plumes
Of this creature of the evening
Came to be sleights of sails
Over the sea.
 
And thus she roamed
In the roamings of her fan,
Partaking of the sea,
And of the evening,
As they flowed around
And uttered their subsiding sound.

Source: Contact (1921)

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Poet Wallace Stevens 1879–1955

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Living, The Body, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, The Mind, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

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Wallace Stevens is one of America's most respected poets. He was a master stylist, employing an extraordinary vocabulary and a rigorous precision in crafting his poems. But he was also a philosopher of aesthetics, vigorously exploring the notion of poetry as the supreme fusion of the creative imagination and objective reality. Because of the extreme technical and thematic complexity of his work, Stevens was sometimes considered . . .

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SUBJECT Living, The Body, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, The Mind, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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