What is known of kindness from
the perspective of man?
Should we say,”Winter is patient,”
or even,”It is Springtime’s plan?”
In the absence of kindness man
can still exist but not live,
to exist is to survival what life
is to living… through meaning we give
to humanity such thoughts, notions
and ideas we’d ponder on- so silly,
as for ‘the mind of winter’ taken
so seriously as to be soon chilly,
ever heard of a benevolent
carnivore? This is Machiavelli…
the dog-eat-dog mentality of our own,
no longer more Stevens or Shelley
but we’d miss out on Stevens meaning…
his excellence of wit and thought,
‘nothing that is not there and the nothing
that is,’ no human misery found or sought.
Stevens, in his work “The Snow Man,” regarded winter for its tranquility… for having the absence of hum-drum activity of man and nature itself. Lines like,”… not to think of any misery in the sound of the wind,” and,”the sound of the land,” then shifting from sound to sight near the end with,”For the listener, who listens in the snow… beholds,” would direct us to thoughts of an absence from misery itself seen in nature’s wonderland. To think on the mind of winter… in this work, simply meant we need to slow down to seek the stillness nature offers us (at times) and marvel in it.
This one poem has been interpreted by many, since it was written, and appears to have drawn as many to critical points of: philosophy, morality, Biblical thought, ontological and epistemological musings. The best representation I’ve read, and seen on the net, with its many variations is found here. The one I agree with most is Beverly Meader- under Section two (#2).
If by argument in favor of Pound’s Modernist teaching… giving way to Imagism and a ‘less is more’ viewpoint, we should attempt to view Steven’s ‘Snow Man’ with a more valued view to ‘the transcendental qualities’ Wallace offers us in this work. Ezra could be brittle in his own condemnation received, seen in,”Cat-piss and porcupines!!,” and an abstract from the sourced link below…
When Ezra Pound first published his ‘Homage to Sextus Propertius’ a Professor of Latin was moved by lines like this—’Nor is it equipped with a frigidaire patent’—to write complaining of Pound’s competence. The reply, beginning ‘Cat-piss and porcupines!!’, seems mild in the circumstances.(10) I promise to respond in like vein to critics who manage to notice all by themselves that there were no tanks in Powys in the 850s.
but leaning more toward Fascism than not (evidenced by his moving to Italy  and was captured/arrested  on charges of treason). It can be stated Pound himself would opt for ‘the thoughtful man’ to understand his writing(s) and might well despise further criticism than need be placed on it for one’s personal reasons. Odd, where he did not find favor with the critics until the fifties, under New Criticism, implying there should be a separation between the Author and the work rather than concern for external or social considerations.*
You can read Wallace Stevens work,”The Snow Man,” here and even hear it (through poetryfoundation.org)… and form your own conclusions. Since Ezra Pound had a strong influence on Wallace Stevens, also with: T. S. Eliot, Robert Frost, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway… it must be a foregone conclusion to say,”They might have had a brush against Pound’s own political views once or twice.” Is it also fair to say… they knew Ezra’s mind more than most.
You can also find the image used below at this location.
*P.S. I also find the use of New Criticism not used to rally in favor of works by LeRoi Jones, Amiri Baraka, especially the work that caused him to lose his Poet Laureate of New Jersey “status” before he died [Oct. 7, 1934- Jan. 9, 2014], with his work entitled,”Somebody Blew Up America.” The minds of critics and the general public can be fickle in their own bias presented… and time causes views to change. In the Fifties we had McCarthyism… at a time when, I would expect, this (New Criticism) became a mechanism to be able to appreciate one poet over another or engage in criticism- without reprisal to association with the Author’s leaning or political bias. A way for Fascism to thrive in the face of freedom; which was masked by intellectualism. I think if a work can stand the test of time itself… by whatever Author, criticism (however valued or not) will continue, and it (the writing) can gain an intrinsic transcendental quality on its own merit.
P.S.S. Little wonder we can see the signs of Fascism thriving today, at: Sporting events (with Corporate Sponsorship), the rise of a growing intolerance for anything Christian (where ‘free will’ and thinking on what we’ve been taught to learn from extends to ‘the Great Commission’)… as Fascism is a growing cooperation between government and Corporations to an unholy status.