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A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevens by Eleanor Cook

By Eleanor Cook

Wallace Stevens is among the significant poets of the 20 th century, and likewise one of the so much difficult. His poems should be staggering of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, knowledgeable by means of a lawyer's good judgment, and disarmingly unforeseen: a making a song jackrabbit, the seductive Nanzia Nunzio. additionally they spoke--and nonetheless speak--to modern matters. although his paintings is well known and his readership maintains to develop, many readers encountering it are baffled through such wealthy and unusual poetry.

Eleanor cook dinner, a number one critic of poetry and specialist on Stevens, provides us right here the basic reader's consultant to this crucial American poet. prepare dinner is going via every one of Stevens's poems in his six significant collections in addition to his later lyrics, in chronological order. for every poem she offers an introductory head notice and a sequence of annotations on tricky words and references, illuminating for us simply why and the way Stevens used to be a grasp at his artwork. Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive feedback, will profit newbies and experts alike. prepare dinner additionally presents a short biography of Stevens, and gives a close appendix on find out how to learn smooth poetry.

A Reader's advisor to Wallace Stevens is an integral source and the precise significant other to The gathered 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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