A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevens

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Princeton University Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 354 pages
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Wallace Stevens is one of the major poets of the twentieth century, and also among the most challenging. His poems can be dazzling in their verbal brilliance. They are often shot through with lavish imagery and wit, informed by a lawyer's logic, and disarmingly unexpected: a singing jackrabbit, the seductive Nanzia Nunzio. They also spoke--and still speak--to contemporary concerns. Though his work is popular and his readership continues to grow, many readers encountering it are baffled by such rich and strange poetry.


Eleanor Cook, a leading critic of poetry and expert on Stevens, gives us here the essential reader's guide to this important American poet. Cook goes through each of Stevens's poems in his six major collections as well as his later lyrics, in chronological order. For each poem she provides an introductory head note and a series of annotations on difficult phrases and references, illuminating for us just why and how Stevens was a master at his art. Her annotations, which include both previously unpublished scholarship and interpretive remarks, will benefit beginners and specialists alike. Cook also provides a brief biography of Stevens, and offers a detailed appendix on how to read modern poetry.



A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevens is an indispensable resource and the perfect companion to The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, first published in 1954 in honor of Stevens's seventy-fifth birthday, as well as to the 1997 collection Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose.


  

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Contents

Biography
1
Harmonium
29
Ideas of Order
87
The Man with the Blue Guitar and Other Poems
112
Parts of a World
132
Transport to Summer
171
The Auroras of Autumn
237
The Rock
279
Late Poems
298
HOW TO READ TO POETRY INCLUDING STEVENS
315
SHORT GLOSSARY
345
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
347
INDEX OF TITLES
351
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Eleanor Cook is Professor Emerita of English at the UniversiEleanor Cook is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Toronto. Her books include "Enigmas and Riddles in Litty of Toronto. Her books include "Enigmas and Riddles in Literature, Against Coercion: Games Poets Play," and "Poetry, Werature, Against Coercion: Games Poets Play," and "Poetry, Word-Play, and Word-War in Wallace Stevens" (Princeton). ord-Play, and Word-War in Wallace Stevens" (Princeton).

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