Fabliau of Florida

By Wallace Stevens 1879–1955 Wallace Stevens
Barque of phosphor
On the palmy beach,
 
Move outward into heaven,
Into the alabasters
And night blues.
 
Foam and cloud are one.
Sultry moon-monster
Are dissolving.
 
Fill your black hull
With white moonlight.
 
There will never be an end
To this droning of the surf.

Source: Poetry (October 1919).

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This poem originally appeared in the October 1919 issue of Poetry magazine

October 1919
 Wallace  Stevens

Biography

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 Nature, Stars, Planets, Heavens, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Arts & Sciences, Language & Linguistics

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

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