We are the “Castratos of moon-mash” Stevens argues, if we are without revery, which he attempts to characterize through the remainder of the poem. “Men Made Out of Words” is an articulation of abstraction; Stevens at as his philosophical best, but not necessarily his poetic, albeit the poem is still a work of profound expression. The revery he calls upon is largely absent from the poem, instead we observe a philosophical and psychological rundown of what revery entails. The poem maintains an aloof distance from what is precisely implied, causing us...
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...I, (5-6). Though we have traveled imaginative adventures to the land of Palestine as well as to the time of Jove, we are bound and brought back to the facts and “problems of the normal” (Imagination as Value, 156). The imagination has brought us like the woman in the poem to the realities of being, where we are “unsponsored” and “free” (VIII, 7), having only it to guide us. Because we have let the imagination diffuse into our souls and direct our understanding of reality, we are not “Castratos of moon-mash.” Our reveries and eccentric propositions are not merely defeats and dreams, but realizations of consciousness.
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Stevens, Wallace. Poems from the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets. Selected by Helen Vendler. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
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