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Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock Summary & Analysis
by Wallace Stevens

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"Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock" was first published by the American poet Wallace Stevens in 1915, and later reprinted in Stevens's 1923 collection, Harmonium. The poem is at once whimsical and serious as the speaker describes a group of people whose plain white nightgowns match the plainness of their dreams. The dullness and conformity of these people's lives disappoint the speaker, and contrast with the colorful, vivid dreams of an old, drunken sailor. The poem's exploration of the relationship between the real world and the world of the imagination makes "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock" an important example of Stevens's contribution to American Modernism.

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