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"The Plain Sense Of Things" By Wallace Stevens.

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The Plain Sense of Thingsby Wallace StevensIn Stevens' poem "The Plain Sense of Things" the first thing the reader notices is that there are five equal stanzas. The poem is neatly constructed so that each stanza contains four lines. This creates an organized, orderly look to the poem, and gives off the idea of being in control because of the form. After further examination of the poem, the reader discovers the gloomy nature of the poem. Another interesting feature is the length of the poem. The poem contains twenty lines, a short poem, as though to symbolize how short life truly is. It may also possibly be a symbol of mortality, and how everything must come to an end at some point. Stevens obviously takes great care in creating this poem.Stevens seems to be informing the reader of the grim reality of life. Stevens is taking the reader on a narrative poem (possibly comparable to Frost). Stevens makes reference to the falling of the leaves which denotes the ending of a season. The ending of fall is seen with the beginning of winter which is associated with death. His poem is also filled with a variety of negative and empty words. For example, "fallen," "end," "inanimate," "inert," "blank cold," "sadness," "without cause," "lessened," "badly," "old," and "failed" are stated just within the first three stanzas (or twelve lines). These words are negatively associated; they cause the reader to be aware of life dwindling away. As well as the negativity attached to these words, there is also a vast amount of vagueness to them. These...

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