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By Eleanor Cook

ISBN-10: 0691141088

ISBN-13: 9780691141084

Wallace Stevens is without doubt one of the significant poets of the 20 th century, and in addition one of the such a lot tough. His poems may be fabulous of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, trained by means of a lawyer's common sense, and disarmingly unforeseen: a making a song jackrabbit, the seductive Nanzia Nunzio. additionally they spoke--and nonetheless speak--to modern matters. even though his paintings is well known and his readership maintains to develop, many readers encountering it are baffled by means of such wealthy and unusual poetry.

Eleanor prepare dinner, a number one critic of poetry and specialist on Stevens, provides us the following the basic reader's advisor to this significant American poet. cook dinner is going via each one of Stevens's poems in his six significant collections in addition to his later lyrics, in chronological order. for every poem she presents an introductory head observe and a sequence of annotations on tough words and references, illuminating for us simply why and the way Stevens used to be a grasp at his paintings. Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive feedback, will gain novices and experts alike. prepare dinner additionally presents a short biography of Stevens, and provides a close appendix on tips on how to learn glossy poetry.

A Reader's advisor to Wallace Stevens is an critical source and the appropriate better half to The amassed Poems of Wallace Stevens, first released in 1954 in honor of Stevens's seventy-fifth birthday, in addition to to the 1997 assortment Wallace Stevens: amassed Poetry and Prose.

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In a lecture in May of 1941, Stevens mentioned how “we know of the bombings of London” and how “we should know of the bombings of Toronto or Montreal” (NA 21, LOA 655, published 1942); he knew that Canada had been at war since 1939. Occasionally his touch was off, and even admiring readers are uneasy. See, for example, the note on the epilogue to the 1942 poem “Notes toward a Supreme Fiction,” which addresses a soldier and draws a parallel between the poet’s war and the soldier’s war. In 1942, Stevens published both the collection Parts of a World (1942) and the sequence Notes toward a Supreme Fiction, the latter in a limited edition by the Cummington Press.

As Eliot and his work did after he converted and was baptized in the Church of England in 1927. Yeats was thirty-eight and Eliot was thirty-nine. With Stevens, the major shift came in his fifties. Harmonium is full of intelligence, passion, conviction, humor, and senseeffects. These often find expression in oblique ways, in strangely fabled ways, in cunningly modest ways. Stevens is largely a hidden poet, and by choice. Something still remains in this early Stevens of the dark rabbi, as in his 1918 description of a younger man who likes to observe “the nature of mankind, / In lordly study” (“Le Monocle de Mon Oncle”).

But not on a shell, she starts”: evoking a memory of Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” and thereby identifying this “she” as a twentieth-century Venus. Though now the “paltry nude,” she will reappear as “the goldener nude” in American guise, presumably in Stevens’s poetry. Another early use of the Venus figure, here as subject-cum-muse, retrieved from archaic use and revised. ) “purple”: traditionally, the color of royalty. “scrurry” (CP 6): misprint for “scurry,” correct in LOA 5. 625; Geoffrey Hill, “and now the seascoured temptress,” “Re-birth of Venus”).

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