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The Plain Sense Of Things By Wallace Stevens

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“The Plain Sense of Things” Written by the poet Wallace Stevens, “The Plain Sense of Things” creates an atmosphere of imagination, reality and symbolism of natural progression. Stated by POETRY FOUNDATION, Wallace Stevens is one of America’s most respected poets (Wallace Stevens, 2017). Wallace Stevens work is known for its imagination and relates to both English Romantics and French symbolists and is considered one of the major American poets of the century (Stevens, Wallace 2014). In “The Plain Sense of Things”, it is evident that imagination is a huge aspect within the poem. “After the leaves have fallen, we return to a plain sense of things. It is as if We had come to an end of the imagination, Inanimate in an inert savior.”…show more content…
When his house is just a minor house, he feels that he could have done so much better and achieved so much more, but because of the lack imagination, he did not do so. Natural progression came to mind because the mentioning of flies and aging of the chimney and paint. “The greenhouse never so badly needed paint. The chimney is fifty years old and slants to one side. A fantastic effort has failed, a repetition in a repetitiousness of men and flies” (Stevens, Wallace 2014). A house that is falling apart and will not last much longer if there is not any effort put into it. The speaker imagined his home to be a great big palace but instead, his efforts went to waste and reality hit him. Instead, he lived in a small, aging house that had little support left. It leans more to the success of an individual. As it represents success, the greenhouse also represents a glass coffin, or an enclosed garden (On "The Plain Sense of Things", 2017). People gloat about their “house” because they acquired it by their own two hands and the speaker’s house does not live up to his expectations. His efforts failed and just like a fly, he feels as if he has lived a short life without success and imagination, causing him to somewhat just fade away into the darkness in his own mind. “Yet the absence of the imagination had Itself to be imagined” (Stevens, Wallace 2014). Here, Stevens is desperately trying to convey the message that even though imagination was slipping at
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