sábado, junho 09, 2007

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The motive for metaphor


You like it under the trees in autumn,
Because everything is half dead.

The wind moves like a cripple among the leaves

And repeats words without meaning.


In the same way, you were happy in spring,

With the half colours of quarter-things,

The slightly brighter sky, the melting clouds,

The single bird, the obscure moon -


The obscure moon lighting an obscure world

Of things that would never be quite expressed,

Where you yourself were never quite yourself

And did not want nor have to be,


Desiring the exhilarations of changes:

The motive for metaphor, shrinking from

The weight of primary noon,

The ABC of being,


The ruddy temper, the hammer

Of red and blue, the hard sound -

Steel against intimation - the sharp flash,

The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X.


Wallace Stevens

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