Metaphors of a Magnifico

By Wallace Stevens

metaphors-of-a-magnificoTwenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are twenty men crossing twenty bridges,
Into twenty villages,
Or one man
Crossing a single bridge into a village.
.
This is old song
That will not declare itself . . .
.
Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Into a village,
Are
Twenty men crossing a bridge
Into a village.
.
That will not declare itself
Yet is certain as meaning . . .
.
The boots of the men clump
On the boards of the bridge.
The first white wall of the village
Rises through fruit-trees.
Of what was it I was thinking?
So the meaning escapes.
.
The first white wall of the village . . .
The fruit-trees . . .
.
Read a brief analysis of this poem: On “Metaphors of a Magnifico.”
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A mid-month reminder that we’ll be discussing the role of metaphor in poetry on November 24. Please bring your own favorite examples or illustrations and post them on the blog first via the “CONTACT US” page, or email them to me directly. So far, we only have three submissions – see the SCHEDULE PAGE
. While there, please also peruse the tentative schedule for 2017 and be prepared to discuss changes, additions and/or deletions on November 24.

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