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The Emperor of Ice-Cream and Other Poems
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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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.
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...moreMore about Wallace Stevens...