The snowman

The snowman

The profession of the poet doesn’t really matter. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive and poet. He wrote the poem snowman and many other poems.

About the poet

Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens. Source: Wikimedia Commons.Stevens is considered an American Modernist poet. He was educated at Harvard University and later on at the New York Law School.  He worked most of his life as an insurance executive in Hartford (Connecticut). In 1955 he was awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

He was born at the end of the nineteenth century (1879) in Reading Pennsylvania. His active writing period was between 1914 and 1955. In the last year of his life, he was awarded with the prestigious award. He died in Hartford at the age of 75 on August 2 1955.




The snowman

The snowman


By Wallace Stevens


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


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


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


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


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

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