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A beautiful new edition—the first in nearly twenty years—of the work of Wallace Stevens, a founding father of contemporary American poetry, with a dazzling range of work that is at once emotional and intellectual. As John N. Serio reminds us in his elegant introduction, Stevens has written more persuasively than any other poet about the significance of poetry itself in everyday life: “The imagination—frequently synonymous with the act of the mind, or poetry, for Stevens—is what gives life its savor, its sanction, its sacred quality.”

This rich and thorough selection—published in the 130th anniversary year of Stevenss birth—carries us from the explosion of Harmonium in 1923 to the maturity of The Auroras of Autumn in 1950 and the magisterial Collected Poems published by Knopf in 1954. To be drawn in once more by “The Emperor of Ice-Cream,” “Sunday Morning,” “The Idea of Order at Key West,” “Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction,” to name only a few, is to experience again the mystery of a poet who calls us to a higher music and to a deeper understanding of our vast and inarticulate interior world.

This essential volume for all readers of poetry reminds us of Stevenss nearly unparalleled contribution to the art form and his unending ability to puzzle, fascinate, and delight us.

Review:

"The third in a series of handsomely designed publications of Selected volumes by major poets (following books by James Merrill and Frank O'Hara), this new selection from the whole of Stevens's career should bring this major poet's work to the attention of a new generation. Stevens is arguably the strangest of the High Modern poets, the most difficult to classify. While he partook of classical allusions and nods to American speech like his contemporaries, his poems take place in a world that is thoroughly his own, where a jar placed on the ground 'made the slovenly wilderness/ Surround that hill' and Florida is a place where a woman sings by the sea such that it becomes 'merely a place by which she walked to sing.' Eminent Stevens scholar Serio presents Stevens's well-known favorites ('The Emperor of Ice-Cream') as well as lesser-known texts, such as 'Someone Puts a Pineapple Together,' hidden in the poet's only volume of prose. As this volume shows, we are still catching up to the force and individuality of Stevens's imagination, and perhaps we never will." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1879, and died in Hartford, Connecticut, on August 2, 1955. In his lifetime, he was awarded the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, two National Book Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize. From 1916 on, he was associated with the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, of which he became vice president in 1934.

John N. Serio has been the editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal for over twenty-five years. His publications include Wallace Stevens: An Annotated Secondary Bibliography, Teaching Wallace Stevens: Practical Essays, The Cambridge Companion to Wallace Stevens, and Poetry for Young People: Wallace Stevens. He has co-edited the Online Concordance to Wallace Stevens Poetry, available at www.wallacestevens.com. The recipient of two Fulbright fellowships, he has twice taught for the Semester at Sea program and is currently a professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction

From Harmonium (1923, 1931)

Earthy Anecdote

The Paltry Nude Starts on a Spring Voyage

The Plot Against the Giant

Domination of Black

The Snow Man

Le Monocle De Mon Oncle

Nuances of a Theme by Williams

Ploughing on Sunday

Cy Est Pourtraicte, Madame Ste Ursule, Et Les Unze Mille Vierges

The Doctor of Geneva

The Comedian as the Letter C

From the Misery of Don Joost

Anecdote of Men by the Thousand

Floral Decorations for Bananas

A High-Toned Old Christian Woman

Banal Sojourn

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

Tea at the Palaz of Hoon

Disillusionment of Ten OClock

Sunday Morning

Six Significant Landscapes

Bantams in Pine-Woods

Anecdote of the Jar 49

Frogs Eat Butterflies. Snakes Eat Frogs.

Hogs Eat Snakes. Men Eat Hogs

Life Is Motion

Gubbinal

To the One of Fictive Music

Peter Quince at the Clavier

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad

The Death of a Soldier

Sea Surface Full of Clouds

From Ideas of Order (1936)

Farewell to Florida

Sailing After Lunch

Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz

How to Live. What to Do

Waving Adieu, Adieu, Adieu

The Idea of Order at Key West

The American Sublime

Mozart, 1935

The Sun This March

Botanist on Alp (No. 1)

Botanist on Alp (No. 2)

Evening Without Angels

Re-Statement of Romance

The Reader

Anglais Mort à Florence

The Pleasures of Merely Circulating

A Postcard from the Volcano

Autumn Refrain

Gallant Château

From the Man with the Blue Guitar & Other Poems (1937)

The Man with the Blue Guitar

The Men That Are Falling

From Parts of a World (1942)

Poetry Is a Destructive Force

The Poems of Our Climate

Study of Two Pears

The Glass of Water

Add This to Rhetoric

The Man on the Dump

On the Road Home

The Latest Freed Man

The Dwarf

A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts

Girl in a Nightgown

Connoisseur of Chaos

Poem Written at Morning

The Common Life

The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man

A Dish of Peaches in Russia

Of Hartford in a Purple Light

Bouquet of Belle Scavoir

Yellow Afternoon

Martial Cadenza

Of Modern Poetry

Arrival at the Waldorf

Landscape with Boat

On the Adequacy of Landscape

Woman Looking at a Vase of Flowers

The Well Dressed Man with a Beard

Of Bright & Blue Birds & the Gala Sun

Mrs. Alfred Uruguay

Asides on the Oboe

Metamorphosis

Contrary Theses (I)

Phosphor Reading by His Own Light

Contrary Theses (II)

From Transport to Summer (1947)

God Is Good. It Is a Beautiful Night

The Motive for Metaphor

No Possum, No Sop, No Taters

So-and-So Reclining on Her Couch

Somnambulisma

Crude Foyer

The Creations of Sound

Holiday in Reality

Esthétique Du Mal

The Bed of Old John Zeller

Less and Less Human, O Savage Spirit

Flyers Fall

Debris of Life and Mind

Description Without Place

Late Hymn from the Myrrh-Mountain

Man Carrying Thing

Chaos in Motion and Not in Motion

The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm

Burghers of Petty Death

The Red Fern

The Dove in the Belly

Credences of Summer

Notes toward a Supreme Fiction

From the Auroras of Autumn (1950)

The Auroras of Autumn

Page from a Tale

Large Red Man Reading

This Solitude of Cataracts

The Beginning

The Countryman

The Ultimate Poem Is Abstract

Bouquet of Roses in Sunlight

A Primitive Like an Orb

The Woman in Sunshine

World Without Peculiarity

Puella Parvula

What We See Is What We Think

Questions Are Remarks

An Ordinary Evening in New Haven

Angel Surrounded by Paysans

From “Three Academic Pieces” in the Necessary Angel (1951)

Someone Puts a Pineapple Together

From the section The Rock in The Collected Poems (1954)

The Plain Sense of Things

Lebensweisheitspielerei

The Hermitage at the Center

The Green Plant

Madame La Fleurie

To an Old Philosopher in Rome

Vacancy in the Park

The Poem That Took the Place of a Mountain

Two Illustrations That the World

What You Make of It

Prologues to What Is Possible

Song of Fixed Accord

The World as Meditation

Long and Sluggish Lines

A Quiet Normal Life

Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour

The Rock

St. Armorers Church from the Outside

The Planet on the Table

The River of Rivers in Connecticut

Not Ideas About the Thing But the Thing Itself

From Opus Posthumous (1957, 1989)

As You Leave the Room

The Sick Man

The Course of a Particular

The Dove in Spring

Farewell Without a Guitar

A Child Asleep in Its Own Life

Two Letters

Reality Is an Activity of the Most August Imagination

Local Objects

Artificial Populations

A Clear Day and No Memories

July Mountain

Of Mere Being

Short Chronology

Suggestions for Further Reading

Index of Titles

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307280473
Author:
Stevens, Wallace
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Editor:
Serio, John N.
Author:
Serio, John N.
Subject:
General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author / General
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Subject:
Single Author / American
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.34x7.24x1.19 in. 1.71 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The third in a series of handsomely designed publications of Selected volumes by major poets (following books by James Merrill and Frank O'Hara), this new selection from the whole of Stevens's career should bring this major poet's work to the attention of a new generation. Stevens is arguably the strangest of the High Modern poets, the most difficult to classify. While he partook of classical allusions and nods to American speech like his contemporaries, his poems take place in a world that is thoroughly his own, where a jar placed on the ground 'made the slovenly wilderness/ Surround that hill' and Florida is a place where a woman sings by the sea such that it becomes 'merely a place by which she walked to sing.' Eminent Stevens scholar Serio presents Stevens's well-known favorites ('The Emperor of Ice-Cream') as well as lesser-known texts, such as 'Someone Puts a Pineapple Together,' hidden in the poet's only volume of prose. As this volume shows, we are still catching up to the force and individuality of Stevens's imagination, and perhaps we never will." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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