By Eleanor Cook
Wallace Stevens is without doubt one of the significant poets of the 20th century, and in addition one of the such a lot not easy. His poems could be astounding of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, expert via 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. even though his paintings is well known and his readership maintains to develop, many readers encountering it are baffled through such wealthy and weird poetry.
Eleanor cook dinner, a number one critic of poetry and professional on Stevens, offers us the following the basic reader's consultant to this significant American poet. prepare 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 offers an introductory head be aware and a sequence of annotations on tricky words and references, illuminating for us simply why and the way Stevens was once a grasp at his paintings. Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive comments, will gain rookies and experts alike. cook dinner additionally presents a quick biography of Stevens, and provides a close appendix on easy methods to learn smooth poetry.
A Reader's consultant to Wallace Stevens is an quintessential source and the suitable 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: accumulated Poetry and Prose.
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