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Poems

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In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to some of the greatest poets of our literature. Wallace Stevens was born in Pennsylva ...more
Paperback, 173 pages
Published 1950 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. and Random House, Inc.
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Olivia
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
She sang beyond the genius of the sea.
The water never formed to mind or voice,
Like a body wholly body, fluttering
Its empty sleeves; and yet its mimic motion
Made constant cry, caused constantly a cry,
That was not ours although we understood,
Inhuman, of the veritable ocean.
Erin
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Like visiting an old friend.
Alec Sieber
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
The early phase of Stevens's career, full of abstract images and provoking intimations of death, is essential. The final phase of his career, in which he finally succeeds in touching the truth of reality, albeit obliquely, is stunning. The middle portion, full of curious musings and meanderings and repetitions, seems a necessary but frustrating interim between the two bookends. Here's a poem from the final year of Stevens' life that blew me away:

"Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself"

At
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Runa
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I was initially only familiar with his "Anecdote of the Jar", Stevens has quickly become one of my favourite poets (and that's not empty praise, as there are about 5 people in that category) after reading this. Shakespeare, Eliot and Stevens are the only writers whom I fully trust to know what they're doing, which makes both casual reading and analysis extremely pleasant; there's never a case of "oh, this is cool, but did he do it on purpose?", because the answer is always a confident "yes ...more
Emily
This is one I would like to own. I checked it out from the library and felt I didn't have enough to time to read the entire collection well. For me, these poems needed reading followed by immediate re-reading.
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(a selected poems, UK edition, selected by John Burnside)
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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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