By Eleanor Cook
Wallace Stevens is among the significant poets of the 20 th century, and in addition one of the so much tough. His poems might be miraculous of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, knowledgeable by means of a lawyer's common sense, and disarmingly unforeseen: a making a song jackrabbit, the seductive Nanzia Nunzio. in addition they spoke--and nonetheless speak--to modern matters. notwithstanding his paintings is renowned and his readership keeps to develop, many readers encountering it are baffled by way of such wealthy and weird poetry.
Eleanor prepare dinner, a number one critic of poetry and professional on Stevens, provides us the following the basic reader's consultant 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 chain 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 Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive feedback, will gain newcomers and experts alike. cook dinner additionally presents a short biography of Stevens, and provides an in depth appendix on how you can learn smooth poetry.
A Reader's advisor to Wallace Stevens is an fundamental source and the precise spouse to The accrued 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: accumulated Poetry and Prose.
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A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevens by Eleanor Cook