RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 63408 LA English T1 On extended wings: Wallace Stevens' longer poems. A1 Vendler, Helen,, PB Harvard University Press PP Cambridge, Mass. YR 1969 SN 0674634357 9780674634350 AB 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.