A Stevens Flirtation with Imagism?

The Load of Sugar-Cane

The going of the glade-boat
Is like water flowing;

Like water flowing
Through the green saw-grass
Under the rainbows;

Under the rainbows
That are like birds,
Turning, bedizened,

While the wind still whistles
As kildeer do,

When they rise
At the red turban
Of the boatman.

Things I like about this Wallace Stevens poem:

– It’s all one sentence.
– It includes words outrageous as “bedizened”. Yes, I had to look it up.
– It brazenly repeats the ending of a former clause as the beginning of the next. More than once.
– Its spare luxury.
– It’s a 66.7% endorsement of my theory that the inclusion of a specific and well chosen 1)plant 2)reptile/amphibian and 3)bird automatically gives an authentic sense of location to a poem. It’s the everglades, Wallace, toss in a gator or water snake!
– Oh, almost forgot. The echo of “turning bedizened” in “rise at the red turban”.

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