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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird


by Wallace Stevens

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Awe and Amazement Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (section: I, II, etc.)

Quote #4

When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles. (Section IX)

Again, the speaker's imagination creates the reality surrounding the blackbird. He's not just amazed by the bird; he's amazed by the circles.

Quote #5

Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply. (Section X)

It's hard to rouse those "bawds of euphony," who usually only get excited by very harmonious sounds and images, but the blackbird has them crying out in amazement.

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