Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
by Wallace Stevens
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Time Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (section: I, II, etc.)
The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds. (Section III)
This is the only point in the poem that we're sure what season it is. But we think it's reasonable to argue that when Stevens uses the word "snowy," he knows that it signals winter. The poem seems to move backward into autumn.
The blackbird whistling
Or just after. (Section VI)
The innuendo of the blackbird's whistling depends on catching the moment "just" after the sound dies away, when the impression of the sound remains fresh in the listener's mind. Otherwise, you're just hearing complete silence.