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Man with the Blue Guitar


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Title poem of a collection by Wallace Stevens, published in 1937.

Divided into 33 parts, the poem, in four-stress unrhymed couplets, is constructed like variations played on a guitar. Suggested by Picasso's use of a guitar and the color blue, the poem is a statement by Stevens about the relations between reality (often symbolized by green), imagination (symbolized by blue), and understanding or interpretation through art. “Things as they are Are changed upon the blue guitar.”


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Wallace Stevens (1879—1955) American poet