I wish that I might be a thinking stone.
This top quality black tote bag is made of recycled fabric and features a line from Wallace Stevens' poem Le Monocle de Mon Oncle screen-printed in striking electric blue lettering on the back of the tote bag, with the scansion of that line across the front. This product is available exclusively on Poets.org.
Perfect for books, groceries, and more, each heavy-duty bag is made from 15 oz. cotton. These roomy bags are individually cut, hand-stitched, and screen-printed by Enviro-Tote, a family-owned and family-operated company.
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% recycled cotton. 11" x 13" x 4" 3-panel bag with a 25" black cotton-web handle.