David Bromwich at The London Review of Books (LRB blog, August 9, 2016) has a thoughtful blog post about what the Wallace Stevens poem “Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz” might help in understanding the mob-mentality of Trump supporters.
Read the post here: These Sudden Mobs
Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz
by Wallace Stevens
–The truth is that there comes a time
When we can mourn no more over music
That is so much motionless sound.
There comes a time when the waltz
Is no longer a mode of desire, a mode
Of revealing desire and is empty of shadows.