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Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock

Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock


by Wallace Stevens

Analysis: Form and Meter

Free Verse

This one's all about imagination, folks, so of course it's in free verse. What would a poem about creativity and freedom be if it were written in neat little metrical lines. Meter, for Stevens, just might be the poetic equivalent of white nightgowns. At least, in this poem.

Still, this poem is not without its formal charms. Stevens could play with sound like nobody's business, so head on over to our "Sound Check" section for more on his rocking sonics and rollicking rhymes.

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