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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 Summary

The poet imagines a blackbird or multiple blackbirds in various settings. Each of the poem's thirteen sections contains the word "blackbird," but not all of them are "about" blackbirds. In general, the poem follows a circular pattern, starting in the snowy mountains in the first section, moving toward human society in the middle of the poem, and ending back in a sparse, snowy environment.

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