Poem: Wallace Stevens' "The Snow Man" Poem Review by fellowStudent

Poem: Wallace Stevens' "The Snow Man"
Looks at problems of perception and reality expressed in the poem "The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens.
# 119432 | 1,065 words | 0 sources | 2009 | US
Published on Apr 28, 2010 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that, in his poem "The Snow Man", Wallace Stevens describes wintry characteristics that are impossible for any human to have as imperative in order to accurately understand the nature of winter from a human perspective. Stevens, the author points out, argues that reality and the perception of reality are exceedingly different because what humans take in with their senses must travel through the mind, which then attaches power and purpose to lifeless things. The paper concludes that Stevens demonstrates that the human consciousness attaches feelings to substance, creating false human bias so the perceived world and the physical world never match.

From the Paper:

"In the last sentence of the poem stated above, Stevens displays a scene with an individual standing in the snow, perceiving the "nothing that is not there and the nothing that is", referring to the feelings a subjective human consciousness attaches to the truths of nature. In this powerful line, Stevens defines objectivity as it becomes subjective in our mind as the "nothing that is [there]" because nothing humans look at is physically in the mind, it is just information received from our senses, and is outside and separate from our mind."

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