Subscribe: by Email | in Reader

Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock -- Wallace Stevens

(Poem #154) Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock
The houses are haunted
By white night-gowns.
None are green,
Or purple with green rings,
Or green with yellow rings,
Or yellow with blue rings.
None of them are strange,
With socks of lace
And beaded ceintures.
People are not going
To dream of baboons and periwinkles.
Only, here and there, an old sailor,
Drunk and asleep in his boots,
Catches tigers
In red weather.
-- Wallace Stevens
A carefully constructed, tightly orchestrated poem - its final five
words, though, are no less revelatory for having been skilfully led up
to [1]. The tone is surprisingly matter-of-fact when you consider the
theme of the poem - the lack of Romance (with a capital R) in our lives.
But this isn't completely unexpected; rather, it's in keeping with
Stevens' theory that the poet should transcribe "not ideas about the
thing but the thing itself" [2]. Thus the words, though poignant in
their implications, are not in themselves sad, nor (even worse!) pitying
- they just _are_.

A note on construction: the repetition of form in lines four through six
serves to build up a dreamy, almost hypnotic effect, while the colours
themselves are evocative of the mood Stevens wishes to create. The
deliberately archaic word 'ceintures' adds to the romance-of-the-ages
thingy, while the sudden multisyllables - 'baboons and periwinkles' -
make for an increased complexity of sound and meaning. The final clause
- 'catches tigers in red weather' - suddenly brings the dream vividly to
life; the unexpected adjective simply emphasizes the energy of the


[1] There! Not just one, but two prepositions to end the sentence with.
Been proud of me, Yoda would have :-).
[2] The title of another of Stevens' poems


Pronunciation: san(n)-'tyur, -'tur, 'san-cher
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English seynture, from Middle French ceinture, from
Latin cinctura
Date: 15th century
: a belt or sash for the waist

related to
Pronunciation: 'si[ng](k)-cher
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin cinctura, girdle, from cinctus, past participle of
cingere, to gird; probably akin to Sanskrit kaanchi, girdle
Date: 1600
1 : the act of encircling
2a : an encircling area
2b : a girdle or belt, especially a cord or sash of cloth worn around an
ecclesiastical vestment

    -- from Merriam-Webster Online,

[Biography, filched from the Web]

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on October 2, 1879,
and died in Hartford, Connecticut, on August 2, 1955, Stevens attended
Harvard University for three years, then studied law at the New York Law
School, receiving his degree in 1903. In 1904 he was admitted to the New
York Bar and began to practise in New York City. From 1916 to his death
he was associated with the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, of
which he became vice president in 1934.

Although Stevens contributed to the Harvard Advocate while in college,
he did not gain recognition until four of his poems appearing in a
special 1914 wartime issue of Poetry, won a prize. Stevens would go on
to publish a one act play, Three Travelers Watch a Sunrise, for which he
would receive another prize, and eight volumes of poetry and essays,
with a ninth seeing publication posthumously.

Despite his death and subsequent decomposition, Stevens is still the
only lawyer I would welcome in my home...

    -- Roderick Scott Greene (whoever he is)

[Just a quote]

"...imagination is the power that enables us to perceive the normal in
the abnormal, the opposite of chaos in chaos. It does this every day in
arts and letters."

    -- Wallace Stevens

45 comments: ( or Leave a comment )

Rebecca Jordan said...

The mere mention that the sailor (who, by the way, is "drunk and asleep in his boots", which is a highly abnormal behaviour) "Catches tigers in red weather" just after it is said that the people in the white nightgowns do not dream such dreams throws into view the fact that not only are the nightgowns far different from the sailor, but that the sailor undoubtedly enjoys himself more. All in all, do something strange! becuase if you do, you are much more likely to live life.


Meriahkan pesta ulang tahun bersama GarudaFood said...

Great stuff from you. I've read your stuff before and you're just too awesome. I love what you've got here, love what you're saying and the way you say it. You make it entertaining and you still manage to keep it smart. I cant wait to read more from you. This is really a great blog. You also can read the latest info on Harga Jual Blackberry iPhone Laptop Murah or Meriahkan pesta ulang tahun bersama GarudaFood. thank's

Meriahkan pesta ulang tahun bersama GarudaFood, Harga Jual Blackberry iPhone Laptop Murah, Mp3, Beauty and Health or Meriahkan pesta ulang tahun bersama GarudaFood.

bigger penis said...

penis enlargement, penis enlargement pills, male enhancement, male enhancement pills

Penis enlargement pills have been proven is the best way to make the penis bigger and effective to increase men’s sexual performance.vimax pills, vigrx plus, prosolution pills, maleextra

Space Matters Real Estates said...

Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return. Plots for sale in Hyderabad
Plots for sale in Banjara Hills
Plots for sale in Jubilee Hills
Plots for sale in Manikonda
Plots for sale in Madhapur
Plots for sale in kondapur
Plots for sale in Gachibowli
Plots for sale in Kukatpally

Anonymous said...

Hunt takes a straightforward story and renders it in enjoyable verse, uncomplicated by hidden meanings or stylistic research paper online tricks.

Online Dymo labels said...

This is a very nice post I found some dedicated data here I've got variant followers on twitter and that i can tell all of them concerning this as i actually assume it's nice data that additional individuals ought to see sustain the great work be back once more presently for more info visit on Online Dymo labels

Alton Luna said...

A ally notified me about this website, I like the magnificent blog and astonishing design. Your precious key points implies much a person like me credit card processing said...

This can be a comfortable publish I stumbled upon several committed info right here I've truly bought different enthusiasts with myspace which I'm able to say to these people concerning this particular as i truly believe it truly is nice info which further persons have to discover maintain the truly great do the job end up being back again yet again at the moment.

spa jakarta said...

info untuk para pengguna Massage Jakarta yang sedang mencari Pijat & SPA Panggilan 24 jam Jakarta bisa mengetahui info lengkapnya di Aries Spa tinggal telpon langsung diangkat gan... khusus pria dan wanita lho... Pijat Panggilan Jakarta langsung check aja deh untuk menikmati Massage & SPA Panggilan 24 jam Jakarta ini

SPA Jakarta || Massage Jakarta || Pijat Panggilan 24 jam

Paul Reed said...

Thanks for the sharing, this blog is very intersting. Hotel Cleaning Services | WOMEN'S FASHION PRODUCTS | It's very informarmative and very knowladgeable blog.

Ibeacons said...

It is a very nice post I came across some dedicated info here I've obtained variant followers on twitter and this i can tell every one of them concerning this when i actually assume it's nice data that will additional individuals have to see sustain the fantastic work be back once again presently take a look at visit on Ibeacons

shek nayem said...

Your personal recent extensive regarded mutually as well as accrual wording and terminology related to revenue boost bring about this unique to support obtaining a high-priced mutually as well as destructive signature bank financial loans wide selection, normally obtained declare for example an even more rapidly destination. It is very important another person be sure you produce a look into terms and conditions concerning many household mortgage on the medial side regular traditional bank. It's best to probably perhaps definitely not enhanced concerning benefit moment significantly boost developments utilizing creditors. Typically, creditors take a trip whereby buyer totally shape around the credit-based card ahead of a few can start available to support whereby extensive compound revenue items.payday loans huntsville

shek nayem said...

When i been recently given acquiring some sort of state-of-the-art this specific the courtroom room placement inside residence home loan within financial institution following Men and women us dollars location that will help you safeguard my very own taxation. Your energy in addition to work are also frequent mutually along with When i been recently given an outstanding advance corona

Teambuilding said...

I’ve been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It’s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the web will be a lot more useful than ever before.Teambuilding

halong tours said...

I was not too familiar with this term correctly. But it seems herbicide is a product developed by a company or group. halong tours

Agen Poker Online said...

Situs Poker Texas Holdem Onlne Indonesia terbaik dan terpercaya yang menggunakan uang asli Indonesia. Poker8M menyediakan permainan poker, domino dan ceme dalam 1 web yang dimainkan oleh semua pemain yang Asli tanpa BOT 100%. ( Bergabung sekarang bersama kami Poker Indonesia )

Obat kuat said...

Berikut kami akan membahas tentang bagai mana cara memperbesar penis dengan hasil cepat dan aman tanpa operasi

jika anda ingin memperbesar penis dengan hasil cepat,aman tanpa operasi itu mudah anda bisa pilih cara memperbesar penis dengan salah satu obat pembesar penis herbal seperti Neosize xl | obat Vimax | Vigrx Plus original

jika anda riskan konsumsi obat pembesar penis anda bisa pilih jalan lain seperti metode trapi ( pemakaian luar ) kami juga punya solusinya anda harus punya alat pembesar penis sejenis vacum penis atau Vimax Extender dan Pro Extender

Berikut penjelasan kami :

Apa Neosize Xl itu : Neosize Xl

Apa Vimax Asli itu : Vimax Asli Canada

Apa Vigrx Plus itu : Vigrx Plus

Apa Vacum Penis Itu : Vacum Penis

Apa Vimax Extender itu : Vimax Extender Asli

Apa Pro Extender itu : Pro Extender

Sekarang anda bisa tau rahasia cara memperbesar penis dengan aman tanpa operasi.selamat mencoba.

Obat pembesar penis said...

kini kami akan bahas tentang kesehatan dan kecantikan perawatan tubuh maupun pengobatan secara alami :

Berikut : obat peninggi badan

Berikut : obat pembesar payudara

Berikut : cara merontokan bulu permanen

Berikut : obat pelangsing badan

Berikut : cara sehat alami

Berikut : cara mempercantik wajah dan tubuh

Berikut : obat penggemuk badan

Berikut : cara mengobati ejakulasi dini

Berikut : Obat penyubur seperma

Berikut : penis bendera

Berikut : Alat Pembesar Payudara

Berikut : Viagra

Berikut : perangsang wanita

Berikut : alat bantu sex pria

Berikut : alat bantu sex wanita

Berikut : boneka full body

Berikut : Cara memperbesar penis

Berikut : Oil pembesar penis

Berikut : Celana Hernia

Berikut : vimax original

Berikut : ciri vimax asli

Berikut : Obat Kuat Sex Pria


obat herbal said...

gzxczxczzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzVitamin telah diketahui tidak berguna untuk mencegah kanker, walaupun tingkat yang rendah dari vitamin D berhubungan dengan peningkatan resiko kanker. Apakah ini merupakan sebab akibat dan suplemen vitamin D bersifat melindungi tidak pernah dinyatakan. Suplemen Beta-Carotene telah diketahui meningkatkan kanker paru-paru pada mereka yang beresiko tinggi. Asam folat telah diketahui tidak berguna untuk mencegah kanker usus, bahkan justru menuingkatkan terjadinya polip pada usus besar. Tidak jelas apakah suplemen selenium mempunyai efek pengobatan/pencegahan. selain itu, seiring dengan perkembangan jaman, kini pengobatan penyakit ini sudah banyak di lakukan secara herbal, salah satunya dengan menggunakan produk ziirzax dan typhogell, dan untuk info lebih lengkap, silahkan baca spesifikasi produk obat kanker ziirzax dan typhogell.

Amat Son said...

Excellent blog you have here but I was curious about if you knew of any community forums that cover the same topi cs talked about in this article? I'd really like to be a part of online community where I can get advice from other experienced individuals that share the same interesti tiIf you have any suggestions, please let me know. Appreciate it!

Michael Amat said...

That a good' article, i usually amazed with' this thing, i asked myself about this opinion, I wish You'll a better articles that can make another people impressive..don't make the article feel rigit and isn't interesting and poor, i like to read this' article and i think this is "good".thank you' m'y brother..........

Cerita Sex said... Tempatnya Cerita Dewasa Dan Cerita Sex,Cerita Sex : Nikmatnya Tanteku Yang Sexy,Tempatnya Cerita Dewasa Dan Cerita Sex Terbaru dan Cerita Seks dan Juga Cerita Ngentot,cerita dewasa,cerita sex,Cerita seks,Cerita Ngentot,Cerita perkosaan,Cerita Sex Tante,Cerita seks ABG

Cerita Sex said... Tempatnya Cerita Dewasa Dan Cerita Sex,Cerita Sex : Nikmatnya Tanteku Yang Sexy,Tempatnya Cerita Dewasa Dan Cerita Sex Terbaru dan Cerita Seks dan Juga Cerita Ngentot,cerita dewasa,cerita sex,Cerita seks,Cerita Ngentot,Cerita perkosaan,Cerita Sex Tante,Cerita seks ABG

Meiliyana Siska Putry said...

Film Semi Asia , Nonton Film Semi Online , Movies Semi Online , Film Semi Jepang , Film Semi Korea , Free Download Film , Nonton Film Bokep

Kumpulan Film Semi & Video Film Semi Asia Full HD, Film Semi bokep, Film Dewasa, Film Porno, Porn Video
Film Semi Video Bokep Asia Bidmovies.Com kumpulan Film Semi Asia Terbaru
Film Semi Asia | Video Bokep | Gratis Download Bokep Asia Film Bokep Asia

Cerita Sex : Nikmatnya Tanteku Yang Sexy,Tempatnya Cerita Dewasa Dan Cerita Sex Terbaru dan Cerita Seks dan Juga Cerita Ngentot,cerita dewasa,cerita sex,Cerita seks,Cerita Ngentot,Cerita perkosaan,Cerita Sex Tante,Cerita seks ABG

Post a Comment