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 demanding. His poems might be astounding of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, proficient 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 issues. notwithstanding 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 professional on Stevens, supplies us the following the basic reader's advisor to this crucial American poet. prepare 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 notice 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 Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive comments, will profit newcomers and experts alike. cook dinner additionally offers a quick biography of Stevens, and provides a close appendix on easy methods to learn glossy poetry.
A Reader's consultant to Wallace Stevens is an fundamental source and the fitting better half to The accrued 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: amassed Poetry and Prose.
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