ENGL 310 - Lecture 21 - Wallace Stevens (cont.)

Lecture 21 - Wallace Stevens (cont.)


The late poetry of Wallace Stevens is presented and analyzed. Stevens's conception of the poet as reader and the world as a text to be read and translated is considered in "Large Red Man Reading" and "The Poem that Took the Place of a Mountain." The poet's preoccupation with natural cycles and sensory experience is exhibited in "The Plain Sense of Things." Finally, "A Primitive Like an Orb" is interpreted as Stevens's final vision of ceaseless change and transition in the world, in which the poet's verbal play participates.



Wallace Stevens, "The Poem that Took the Place of a Mountain," 1954; "The Plain Sense of Things," 1954 and "Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself," 1954. From the Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens by Wallace Stevens, copyright © 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: "Large Red Man Reading," "The Plain Sense of Things," "The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain," "The Planet on the Table," "Reality is an Activity of the Most August Imagination," "Of Mere Being," "The River of Rivers in Connecticut," "A Primitive Like an Orb," "World as Meditation," "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour," "Not Ideas About the Thing," "A Mythology Reflects Its Region"

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