The "Blackbird" reading

I've read Stevens for years and could make sense of most of his poems. The "Blackbird" poem has eluded me for years, and I refused to consult any scholar. I continued to think I'd figure it out. This semester I am teaching poetry again and admitted to my students that I did not understand the poem. Then, I began feeling guilty again, so I decided to resort to some sort of interpretation. After reading your comments, I thought, "Well, hell, yes. Stevens was always a "thinking poet" besides being a precious one with words. He was always trying to have readers think, no doubt partly because he was an attorney. So, definitely, you are correct; Stevens was definitely trying to use the blackbird as a pivotal to thought, the variations of perspectives. My students may think how bright I am now! Ho, ho, hum, hum. All best, Lenny Emmanuel


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