Analysis of 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird' by Wallace Stevens

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The title of Wallace Stevens poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," is misleading, because he does not only offer thirteen ways of looking at blackbird, but the poem offers us many insights on how humans think. "Blackbird", written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, has many similarities with "Thirteen Ways of Looking at A Blackbird" other than just their titles. They use many poetic conventions to explain their poem 's ideas, both writers use a blackbird to compare to humans and human nature, and imagery plays a big role in getting across their points. Sometimes poets use different conventions to give the poem a better "flow." "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird", by Wallace Stevens uses assonance to make the poem have a…show more content…
But how does a glass coach cast a shadow? Why are there now multiple blackbirds? Poets have many tools to convey what they are trying to say, but the most effective and interesting way is by using imagery. This puts a picture in the mind of the reader to go along with the words. Imagery is used many times in both "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" and "Blackbird." The best example of imagery from Wallace 's poem is found in stanza six: "Icicles filled the long window With barbaric glass The shadow of the blackbird Crossed it, to and fro..." This stanza portrays a feeling of being enclosed in a room. The icicles that fill the window remind us of bars on a jail window, which portrays a closed-in feeling. How does this affect how we see the blackbird? Through the window we cannot see the blackbird itself, possibly referring to the beauty of inflections in stanza five. We can, though, see the blackbirds shadow, possibly the beauty of innuendoes? This closed-in feeling depicts how, many times, we limit ourselves to our own preferences and opinions. As you can see, Stevens uses his imagery to present symbolic elements in his work. In the song "Blackbird," Lennon and

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