Wrapped up in the conflict between the natural and the man-made, there is significant debate in "Anecdote of the Jar" about life, consciousness, and existence—the whole shebang. First, we've got the whole idea of point of view—the speaker's consciousness is affected by the way the jar morphs the landscape in which it's placed. Second, we get the idea that birds and bushes—things that are capable of breeding or growing, of sustaining life—are valued as very different from the jar. This poem seems to recognize that just being alive gives a kind of power, even though in a way all living things are threatened by the reign of our own man-made objects. Yipee!
Nice try, Mr. Jar. This poem shows that the ability to procreate and grow is central to existence.
"All your life are belong to us." In this poem, Stevens shows how the spread of humanity has extended to influence every type of earthly existence.