The Snow Man

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

— Wallace Stevens

January Birthdays

January 1 Charles Bernard Renouvier (French, born 1815)

January 5 Rudolf Christoph Eucken (German, born 1846)

January 6 Samuel Alexander (British, born 1859)

January 8 Carl Gustav Hempel (German, born 1905)

January 11 William James (American, born 1842)

January 12 Edmund Burke (British, born 1729)

January 19 Baron de Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat (French, born 1689) and Dōgen Zenji (Japanese, born 1200)

January 24 Christian Wolff (German, born 1679)

January 27 Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (German, born 1775)

January 30 F.H. Bradley (British, born 1846)

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