Wallace Stevens

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CUP Archive, Apr 11, 1974 - Literary Criticism - 222 pages
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Wallace Stevens, who died in 1955, was one of the most original, prolific, serious, and rewarding of twentieth-century American poets. This is a detailed critical study of his poetry, identifying its concerns, from the point of view of a convinced admirer. Lucy Beckett presents Sevens as a contemplative poet, engaged on a long enquiry into the nature of the relationship between the creative imagination and the world it illuminates and recreates. Steven's achievement is seen as one of the great monuments in English of the endeavour to find and sustain a connection between poetry and belief.
 

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Contents

Introductory
1
Imagination as Value
23
The First Phase
46
The Pressure of Reality
58
Harmonium
69
Ideas of Order
94
51942 I 8 Notes toward a Supreme Fiction 1
131
Notes toward a Supreme Fiction 2
149
Transport to Summer
163
19471950 174 12 The Last Phase
190
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Lucy Beckett lives in Yorkshire and was educated at Cambridge University. For many years she was a professor of literature at Ampleforth Abbey. Her books include In the Light of Christ, a comprehensive study of the Western literary tradition; The Time before You Die, a novel about the English Reformation; and A Postcard from the Volcano. These have been warmly praised on both sides of the Atlantic. She is married and has four children.

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