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The Emperor of Ice-Cream and Other Poems

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Witty, ironic, and thought-provoking, the experimental style of Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) forever changed the landscape of modern verse. This collection includes 82 works by the 1955 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, including such oft-studied compositions as "Sunday Morning," "Peter Quince at the Clavier," "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," and the title ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published March 11th 2005 by Dover Publications (first published 1999)
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Emperor of Ice Cream and other Poems by Wallace Stevens is an accessible collection of 14 of Stevens’ most popular poems including the titular verse, “Peter Quince at the Clavier”, “The Idea of Order at Key West”, "A High-Toned Old Christian Woman," and “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”.

Stevens’ work sounds eclectic and lyrical, spoken it is more declarative than introspective and this may be the source of much of his popularity.

Death is the mother of beauty

Stevens is described as a mode
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This is a Dover publication, presumably the poems old enough to be out of copyright. The intro says it's all the poems from periodicals published 1914-1922. So I presume it's a lot of overlap with Harmonium. Some of the most famous poems of 20th century America are here--13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird; Sunday Morning; The Emperor of Ice Cream--as well as some of the less well-known. Often quite delightful, occasionally silly.
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difficult to interpret during AP English in 12th grade.
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Stevens is a rare example of a poet whose main output came at a fairly advanced age. His first major publication (four poems from a sequence entitled "Phases" in the November 1914 edition of Poetry Magazine) was written at the age of thirty-five, although as an undergraduate at Harvard, Stevens had written poetry and exchanged sonnets with George Santayana, with whom he was close through much of h ...more
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