The Snow Man

Wallace Stevens

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
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,
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
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

Poems by This Author

Anecdote of the Jar by Wallace Stevens
I placed a jar in Tennessee,
Bantams in Pine-Woods by Wallace Stevens
Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan
Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock by Wallace Stevens
The houses are haunted
Earthy Anecdote by Wallace Stevens
Every time the bucks went clattering
Fabliau of Florida by Wallace Stevens
Barque of phosphor
Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour by Wallace Stevens
Light the first ligh of evening, as in a room
Le Monocle de Mon Oncle by Wallace Stevens
Mother of heaven, regina of the clouds
Lunar Paraphrase by Wallace Stevens
The moon is the mother of pathos and pity
Metaphors of a Magnifico by Wallace Stevens
Twenty men crossing a bridge,
Nomad Exquisite by Wallace Stevens
As the immense dew of Florida
Of the Surface of Things by Wallace Stevens
In my room, the world is beyond my understanding
Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens
Complacencies of the peignoir, and late
Tea at the Palaz of Hoon by Wallace Stevens
Not less because in purple I descended
The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens
Call the roller of big cigars,
The High-Toned Old Christian Woman by Wallace Stevens
Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
The Idea of Order at Key West by Wallace Stevens
She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The Paltry Nude Starts on a Spring Voyage by Wallace Stevens
But not on a shell, she starts
The Plain Sense of Things by Wallace Stevens
After the leaves have fallen, we return
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens
Among twenty snowy mountains,
To the Roaring Wind by Wallace Stevens
What syllable are you seeking

Further Reading

Poems about Snow
Snow-Bound [The sun that brief December day]
by John Greenleaf Whittier
by Adam Zagajewski
Cherries in the Snow
by Richard Jones
Dust of Snow
by Robert Frost
Heavy Snowfall in A Year Gone Past
by Laura Jensen
How We Found Our Way
by Matthew Thorburn
by Edna St. Vincent Millay
by Kate Northrop
It sifts from Leaden Sieves - (311)
by Emily Dickinson
London Snow
by Robert Bridges
On Snow
by James Parton
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Snow Globe
by Kathy Fagan
Snow Song
by Frank Dempster Sherman
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Snowfall in G Minor
by Marianne Boruch
by Gu Cheng
Spring Snow
by Arthur Sze
The Snow Fairy
by Claude McKay
The Snow Storm
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Snowdrop
by Anna Bunston De Bary
The Snowfall Is So Silent
by Miguel de Unamuno
White Days
by Priscilla Becker
Why Is the Color of Snow?
by Brenda Shaughnessy
Poems About Winter
As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII [Blow, blow, thou winter wind]
by William Shakespeare
Love's Labour's Lost, Act V, Scene 2 [Winter]
by William Shakespeare
Snow-Bound [The sun that brief December day]
by John Greenleaf Whittier
A January Dandelion
by George Marion McClellan
A Winter Without Snow
by J. D. McClatchy
An Old Man's Winter Night
by Robert Frost
Approach of Winter
by William Carlos Williams
Fishing in Winter
by Ralph Burns
Footprint on Your Heart
by Gary Lenhart
by Maureen N. McLane
How like a winter hath my absence been (Sonnet 97)
by William Shakespeare
In drear nighted December
by John Keats
by Helen Hunt Jackson
Now Winter Nights Enlarge
by Thomas Campion
On Snow
by James Parton
Picture-books in Winter
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Places [III. Winter Sun]
by Sara Teasdale
Return to Winter
by Elaine Terranova
by Emily Brontė
spring love noise and all [excerpt]
by David Antin
The Darkling Thrush
by Thomas Hardy
The Magpie's Shadow
by Yvor Winters
The Snow Storm
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Visionary
by Emily Brontė
There's a certain Slant of light (258)
by Emily Dickinson
To a Locomotive in Winter
by Walt Whitman
Toward the Winter Solstice
by Timothy Steele
by Adelaide Crapsey
Untitled [Toward night]
by Kevin Goodan
Why Is the Color of Snow?
by Brenda Shaughnessy
by Walter De La Mare
Winter Heavens
by George Meredith
Winter is good - his Hoar Delights (1316)
by Emily Dickinson
Winter Morning
by William Jay Smith
Winter Sleep
by Edith Matilda Thomas
Winter Study
by Mark Wunderlich
Winter Trees
by William Carlos Williams
Winter Twilight
by Anne Porter
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Winter: My Secret.
by Christina Rossetti