The Man with the Blue Guitar is a serial poem by Wallace Stevens. Its subject is the subject of much of Stevens' work: Creativity, specifically Poetic Creativity.

To many this may seem an esoteric topic, and worth little consideration. An impractical pursuit, worthy only of wastrels, or those too cowardly to face the world. Yet, Wallace Stevens rose to senior positions in an insurance company--no small task for a wastrel, or coward. And to great accolades for both his poetry, and his thought.

He was a man to whom questions of creativity were not limited to the abstract, nor to some small part of his life--it dominated all his life. The whole of harmonium was the goal he set for his work. This he never realized, never could realize. It could only ever be a work in progress.

The Man with the Blue Guitar can be considered notes he set down, notes to himself, that he shares with us, on his lifelong inquiry. They are composed in a kind of shorthand, that of a great intellect, and a great sensitive to the world in which “The blue guitar/And I are one.”

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