Sunday, 9 December 2012

Day 170: The Snowman

Snow can throw up so many ponderings on existentialism. Like here in this very modernist poem which ponders the 'Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

The Snowman - 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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