Wallace Stevens Quotes

A poet looks at the world as a man looks at a woman.

Poetry is poetry, and one’s objective as a poet is to achieve poetry precisely as one’s objective in music is to achieve music.

The poet’s function is to make his imagination become the light in the mind of others. His role, in short, is to help people to live their lives.

In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.

Poetry must resist the intelligence almost successfully.

The poet is the priest of the invisible.

The poet makes silk dresses out of worms.

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.

They said, “You have a blue guitar, You do not play things as they are.” The man replied, “Things as they Are are changed upon a blue guitar.”

Just as my fingers on the keys Make music, so the self same sounds On my spirit make a music, too. Music is feeling, then, not sound.