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On extended wings : Wallace Stevens' longer poems.

Author: Helen Vendler
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1969.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Vendler, Helen, 1933-
On extended wings.
Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1969
(OCoLC)576687561
Named Person: Wallace Stevens; Wallace Stevens; Wallace Stevens; Wallace Stevens; Wallace Stevens
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Vendler
ISBN: 0674634357 9780674634350
OCLC Number: 63408
Description: x, 334 pages ; 22 cm
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.

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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.

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