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Anecdote of the Jar
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Anecdote of the Jar Analysis
Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay
Form and Meter
Sets of 4, Irregularly They say things come in threes, but in this poem, they come in fours. There are four lines per stanza, and, with some variation, four beats, or stressed syllables, per line....
Though we only hear directly about the speaker once in this poem, the poem's very first word is "I." This means that, though we hear little about the personality of the speaker, the rest of the poe...
We've got a pretty clear idea of the setting of this poem. The jar is sitting on the ground, in a hill, in the middle of the wilderness. It's also, of all places, in Tennessee. Before we start tack...
The sounds of this poem are round and smooth. We imagine them floating around our tongue just like the glass of a jar would feel in our hands. We hear the word "round" itself twice, but get that sa...
What's Up With the Title?
The title tells us that this poem is an anecdote, or a little story, about a jar. When we read this title alone, we can think about a jar, and all the things that a jar can do. It can store food fo...
Intentional AmbiguityProbably the worst mistake that you could make when reading Stevens is to think that you know exactly what a line means. Most of the time, his lines can carry several different...
(7) Snow LineIt may seem like a little poem about a jar would be pretty simple to get through, but this one is, well, more jarring than round and smooth. There are lots of lines that throw us for a...
There's an organization for not just friends of Wallace Stevens, but for enemies, too. Or should we say frenemies? (Source.) Stevens, now considered one of the greatest American writers, gave up pu...
PGWhile there's certainly no explicit mention of sex and violence in this poem, the second to last line, which claims that the jar "does not give of bird or bush," points towards the wilderness' po...
Literary and Philosophical ReferencesJohn Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" (whole poem) Historical ReferencesDominion Wide Mouth Jar (whole poem)
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