Wallace Stevens
The Snow Man (1921)

 

One must have a mind of winter

 

To regard the frost and the boughs

 

Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

 

 

 

And have been cold a long time

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To behold the junipers shagged with ice,

 

The spruces rough in the distant glitter

 

 

 

Of the January sun; and not to think

 

Of any misery in the sound of the wind,

 

In the sound of a few leaves,

 

 

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Which is the sound of the land

 

Full of the same wind

 

That is blowing in the same bare place

 

 

 

For the listener, who listens in the snow,

 

And, nothing himself, beholds

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Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.