Anecdote of the Jar
by Wallace Stevens
Anecdote of the Jar Visions of America Quotes
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I placed a jar in Tennessee (1)
Here, we get a vision of an American state. It's not one of the pilgrim's settlements, and it's not a pioneer's goal. It's simply Tennessee, a mix of the mid-west and the south. But this placement of a man-made object into a state does remind us a little of the American people sprawling all over this country, taking over bit by bit.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill. (3-4)
Here, the wilderness is messy, something almost asking to be controlled and bettered by humanity's influence, the way things were done in the days of the pioneers.