Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Metaphors of a magnifies by Wallace Stevens

Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
Into twenty villages,
Or one man
Crossing a single bridge into a village.

This is old song
That will not declare itself...

Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Twenty men crossing a bridge
Into a village.

That will not declare itself
Yet it is certain as meaning...

The boots of the men clump
In the boards of the bridge.
The first white wall of the village
Rises through fruit-trees.
Of what was it I was thinking?
So the meaning escapes.

The first white wall of the village...
The fruit-trees...

Wallace Stevens used an interesting set up of this poem. I think that in the first stanza when he questions the true meaning of this sentence he is showing that there might be more then one way to interpret the poem. But he later removes this option be saying that the poem is saying exactly what it means. The whole it is what it is. I think that what he is setting up is a world with no imagination because he removes the option of interpreting the poem in a different way. The last part of the poem seems very different from the first it kind of sets up this man vs. nature situation. When he is looking at the men his thoughts are very clear and it is like before when it is the situation without imagination. When he looks at nature he loses his thought and I wonder if that is what gives him the more imagination. When the speaker sees the fruit trees he no longer seems to be able to finish his sentences. This is at the end of the poem when he finishes the lines with a ... rather then continuing the thought. The end is a different kind of conclusion because it is not really a conclusion at all. The end really is blank because the author has stolen away from men and entered into the world of nature where he can let his thoughts go. I also think that the image of the soldiers crossing the bridge as their boots clump is supposed to contribute to that sort of monotonous life that he associates with people.


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