ENGL 310 - Lecture 19 - Wallace Stevens

Lecture 19 - Wallace Stevens


Wallace Stevens is considered as an unapologetically Romantic poet of imagination. His search for meaning in a universe without religion in "Sunday Morning" is likened to Crane's energetic quest for meaning and symbol. In "The Poems of Our Climate," Stevens's desire to reduce poetry to essential terms, and then his countering resistance to this impulse, are explored. Finally, "The Man on the Dump" is considered as a typically Stevensian search for truth in specifically linguistic terms.



Wallace Stevens, "The Poems of Our Climate," 1942. From the Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens by Wallace Stevens, copyright (c) 1954 by Wallace Stevens and renewed 1982 by Holly Stevens. Reprinted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., New York.

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Wallace Stevens: "Sunday Morning," "Peter Quince at the Clavier," "The Snow Man," "The Emperor of Ice Cream," "Tea at the Palaz of Hoon," "Anecdote of the Jar," "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," "The Idea of Order at Key West," "The Poems of Our Climate," "Study of Two Pears," "The Man on the Dump," "Of Modern Poetry"

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