Spotlight | Literature and Linguistics 

What is a mind of winter? 


"One must have a mind of winter to regard the frost and the boughs of the pine trees crusted with snow..."

—from "The Snow Man,"
by Wallace Stevens

Samuel Jay Keyser, MIT Professor of Linguistics Emeritus, thinks "The Snow Man" is the finest short poem in the English language.

Hear Professor Keyser's reading of the poem and his commentary on NPR

tree in snow