Friday, May 30, 2008

Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird

Wallace Stevens wrote a poem called "Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird" in which he wrote thirteen verses, all describing a blackbird from different angles. There is no single definition which fits exactly.
There is one old saying in India, whatever that can not be seen by Sun can be seen by a Poet.
What a beautiful poetry!!! The poet has depicted 13 different ways of looking at the same thing. What a creativity!!! We must embed this in our life. Lets spend one day in doing everything differently and then you will realize the important of the creativity.
I) Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

II) I was of three minds,
Like a tree In which
there are three blackbirds.

III) The blackbird whirled
in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

IV) A man and a woman Are one.
A man and a woman and
a blackbird Are one.

V) I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling Or just after.

VI) Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood Traced in the shadow An indecipherable cause.

VII) O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet Of the women about you?

VIII) I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too, That the blackbird is
involved In what I know.

IX) When the blackbird flew
out of sight, It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

X) At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.

XI) He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach. Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook The shadow of his equipage For blackbirds.

XII) The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.

XIII) It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat In the cedar-limbs.

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