Imagination And Reality By Wallace Stevens Essay
One of America’s most respected poets is Wallace Stevens. He was known for addressing the interaction between reality and the mind. One of his well-known poems is this one:
At the earliest ending of winter,
In March, a scrawny cry from outside
Seemed like a sound in his mind.
He knew that he heard it,
A bird’s cry at daylight or before,
In the early March wind
The sun was rising at six,
No longer a battered panache above snow . . .
It would have been outside.
It was not from the vast ventriloquism
Of sleep’s faded papier mâché . . .
The sun was coming from outside.
That scrawny cry—it was
A chorister whose c preceded the choir.
It was part of the colossal sun,
Surrounded by its choral rings,
Still far away. It was like
A new knowledge of reality.
Stevens distinguishes the differences between reality and our interpretation of that reality based on what we perceive with our vision. He defines that reality does not come from ideas, but rather, it is the thing itself that makes reality, reality. Stevens explains how a man was woken up the bright sun and a by a bird’s cry in the morning to enter the world beyond his sleeping one. At first, the man was unable to clearly distinguish these elements as a part of reality, or just simply a lingering part of his dream because imagination can pry you from realism. Being caught up in your mind does not allow you to focus on what is happening in front of you. If this is true to the extent that imagination keeps you…