Vendler, Helen, 1933-
On extended wings.
Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1969
|提及的人：||Wallace Stevens; Wallace Stevens; Wallace Stevens; Wallace Stevens|
|描述：||x, 334 pages ; 22 cm|
|内容：||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.
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.