By Eleanor Cook
Wallace Stevens is likely one of the significant poets of the 20th century, and likewise one of the such a lot difficult. His poems might be brilliant of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, trained by way 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 issues. although his paintings is renowned and his readership maintains to develop, many readers encountering it are baffled via such wealthy and weird poetry.
Eleanor prepare dinner, a number one critic of poetry and professional on Stevens, provides us right here the basic reader's consultant to this significant 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 be aware and a chain of annotations on tough 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 Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive feedback, will profit newcomers and experts alike. cook dinner additionally presents a quick biography of Stevens, and provides a close appendix on how you can learn smooth poetry.
A Reader's consultant to Wallace Stevens is an crucial source and the appropriate spouse to The accumulated 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: accrued Poetry and Prose.
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A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevens by Eleanor Cook