the jar

“ nothing else in tennessee.”



the beauty and meaning

of a

personal object



an extension


a person,

as a microcosm of their society.


“I placed a jar in Tennessee,

And round it was, upon a hill.

It made the slovenly wilderness

Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,

And sprawled around, no longer wild.

The jar was round upon the ground

And tall and of a port in the air.

It took dominion everywhere.

The jar was gray and bare.

It did not give of bird or bush,

Like nothing else in Tennessee.”

Anecdote of the Jar

Wallace Stevens

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