I wish that I might be a thinking stone.
This ultra-high quality black American Apparel tee features a line from Wallace Stevens' poem Le Monocle de Mon Oncle screen-printed in striking electric blue lettering on the back of the shirt, with the scansion of that line across the front. This shirt is available exclusively from Poets.org, and comes in XL, L, M, and S unisex sizes.
The poet and noted prosodist Alfred Corn remarks on the scansion:
There is in fact room for disagreement about the scansion of this line. But Stevens is among the most regular of metrists, and he probably heard it as five iambic feet. Still, an alternative scansion is: one iamb followed by a pyrrhic foot (two weak stresses) followed by two strong stresses (a spondee), followed by two iambs. It is also possible that all feet in the line are iambs except the third foot, though the word might most likely would have been italicized if that were the case.
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Made in the USA. 100% cotton. May shrink slightly after first wash.
Walt Whitman Ruled Notebook
By Walt Whitman
This classic ruled notebook is inscribed with Whitman's poetry: "This hour I tell things in confidence, / I might not tell everybody but I will tell you."
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