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On extended wings : Wallace Stevens' longer poems / by Helen Hennessy Vendler.


Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 1969.
ISBN 0674634357

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Other Title Wallace Stevens' longer poems
Subjects Lyrik.
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955 -- Critique et interpreĢtation.
Stevens, Wallace, 1879-1955.
Stevens, Wallace.
Description x, 334 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date 1969.
[date of distribution not identified]
Notes Bibliographical references included in "Notes" (pages 317-334).
Summary Though Wallace Stevens' shorter poems are perhaps his best known, his longer poems, Helen Hennessy Vendler suggests in this book, deserve equal fame and equal consideration. Stevens' central theme--the worth of the imagination--remained with him all his life, and Vendler therefore proposes that his development as a poet can best be seen, not in description--which must be repetitive--of the abstract bases of his work, but rather in a view of his changing styles. The author presents here a chronological account of fourteen longer poems that span a thirty-year period, showing, through Stevens' experiments in genre, diction, syntax, voice, imagery, and meter, the inventive variety of Stevens' work in long forms, and providing at the same time a coherent reading of these difficult poems.
Contents Introduction : the two poetries -- The pensive man : the pensive style -- Fugal requiems -- The sausage maker -- The volcano apostrophe, The sea behold -- A duet with the undertaker -- Abecedarium of Finesoldier -- The amassing harmony -- The metaphysical changes -- Douceurs, tristesses -- The total leaflessness -- Naked alpha : epilogue.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)63408
(OCoLC)ocm00063408
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Vendler, Helen, 1933-
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