Wallace Stevens
Anecdote of the Jar (c. 1923)

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I placed a jar in Tennessee,

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And round it was, upon a hill.

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It made the slovenly wilderness

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Surround that hill.

 

 

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The wilderness rose up to it,

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And sprawled around, no longer wild.

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The jar was round upon the ground

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And tall and of a port in air.

 

 

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It took dominion everywhere.

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The jar was gray and bare.

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It did not give of bird or bush,

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Like nothing else in Tennessee.