By Eleanor Cook
Wallace Stevens is likely one of the significant poets of the 20 th century, and likewise one of the such a lot not easy. His poems should be impressive of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, knowledgeable 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. even though his paintings is renowned and his readership keeps to develop, many readers encountering it are baffled via such wealthy and weird poetry.
Eleanor cook dinner, a number one critic of poetry and professional on Stevens, provides us the following the basic reader's advisor to this crucial American poet. cook 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 presents an introductory head be aware and a sequence of annotations on tricky 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 Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive feedback, will gain novices and experts alike. cook dinner additionally presents a quick biography of Stevens, and provides an in depth appendix on find out how to learn smooth poetry.
A Reader's consultant to Wallace Stevens is an necessary source and the suitable significant other to The amassed 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: gathered Poetry and Prose.
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