Snow Days and Poetry

One of the elements that Wallace Stevens tends to incorporate into his poetry is the concept of weather. Since he lived in New England all his life, Stevens showed a lot of interest and perception in wintry days; and soon on one winter, as he sat in tranquil thoughts, Stevens wrote The Snow Man, another addition to his first published book Harmonium. So what makes snowy days so special? Historian Bernard Mergen claimed that “Snow is to water what poetry is to prose” as well as a beautiful scenery that is often impractical and is different every time (snowflakes). “Thy breath be rude,” William Shakespeare famously remarks winter in As You Like It, devising a common connotation to the season as cold, bleak and melancholy. But the lengthy freezing days exhumed inspiration for present-day poets in which we can refer to it as another motif that fabricates modernism. Wallace Steven’s The Snow Man presents winter in a different light. Snowy days offer the poet an excuse to detach themselves from the ordinary and venture on a self-knowledge journey -viewing the world in a creative perspective.

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Because they melt fast as the season shifts, snow and snowflakes depicts childhood, an ephemeral period in life and represents nostalgia. Great Britain got snow, but never as much snow as New England; thus, from the desolate landscapes and relentless storms, snow really makes American poetry American. The meditative works of Wallace Stevens and other poets during his time such as T.S Eliot and Robert Frost embraces the very essence of snowy days.

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