By Eleanor Cook
Wallace Stevens is without doubt one of the significant poets of the 20 th century, and likewise one of the such a lot difficult. His poems might be extraordinary of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, expert by way of a lawyer's common sense, and disarmingly unforeseen: a making a song jackrabbit, the seductive Nanzia Nunzio. additionally they spoke--and nonetheless speak--to modern matters. even though his paintings is well known and his readership keeps to develop, many readers encountering it are baffled by way of such wealthy and unusual poetry.
Eleanor cook dinner, a number one critic of poetry and specialist on Stevens, offers us the following the basic reader's consultant to this significant American poet. cook dinner is going via each 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 notice and a chain 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 Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive comments, will gain rookies and experts alike. prepare dinner additionally presents a quick biography of Stevens, and provides a close appendix on tips on how to learn sleek poetry.
A Reader's advisor to Wallace Stevens is an critical source and the proper 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: accumulated Poetry and Prose.
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A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevens by Eleanor Cook