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One of the most frequently cited of the early poems of epistemology, "The SnowMan" (CP, 9) asks whether a world could remain over if point of view were canceled orwhat the features of a perspectiveless world might he. "The Snow Man" has beencited in support of any number of disparate interpretations of Stevens, although it hasmost frequently been given a realist reading, as an "affirmation of primalreality" (Litz, 100) or a "'plain reality' which harbors no mystical . . .element" (Leonard and Wharton, 65). In an influential early essay J. Hillis Milleridentified the poem's "nothing" with being and argued that for Stevensnothingness is the underlying reality, "the source and end of everything"(Poetry of Being, 155). In Paul Bové's more recent Heideggerian reading the poem is saidto record the process by which its speaker "sees the primordiality ofBeing-in-the-World" and learns that "he is ontologically identical with theother insofar as they are both part of 'what-is' existing in and by virtue of'nothing'" (Destructive Poetics, 191). Against Miller and Bové I will argue that the"nothing" of the poem may be read with less strain as Nietzsche's featurelessbecoming, the ground upon which we construct our worlds. . . .
Symeon's philosophy from a Theosophical perspective.
An essay exploring the mysticism of light in the writings of Symeon the New Theologian.