Wallace Stevens's 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird': Summary & Analysis


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How did Wallace Stevens differ from other modernist writers?

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1. Which of the following statements about 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird' by Wallace Stevens is FALSE?

2. What is a haiku?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are numerous ways to look at Wallace Stevens' most famous poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. This quiz and worksheet combination will ask you questions about various aspects of the poem, Stevens himself, and poetry in general.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions relating to:

  • Wallace Stevens as a modernist poet
  • What kind of poetry is used in Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
  • Definition of haiku and perspectivism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will give you an opportunity to practice the following study skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of imagist poetry
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as haiku and perspectivism
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Wallace Stevens
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the poetry of Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

Additional Learning

Deepen your understanding of the poem by reviewing the accompanying lesson, Wallace Stevens's 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at ta Blackbird': Summary & Analysis, which will detail:

  • Wallace Stevens and modernism as a break from traditional forms of poetry
  • Haikus and imagism in the poem
  • Perspectivism and its relation to the bird in Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird