Poetry Monday : The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens

I found this poem in a lovely little anthology called A Mind of Winter : Poems for a Snowy Season. Wallace Stevens was an American poet born in Pennsylvania in the late nineteenth century. He worked in the insurance industry and was a husband and father as well as a poet. He lived in New York City and then Hartford, Connecticut, and he died in 1955. You can read more about him here

The Snow Man

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 distance 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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