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The Collected Poems By Wallace Stevens The Collected Poems This definitive poetry collection originally published in to honor Stevens on his th birthday contains Harmonium Ideas of Order The Man With the Blue Guitar Parts of the World Transport Summe

  • Title: The Collected Poems
  • Author: Wallace Stevens
  • ISBN: 9780679726692
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Collected Poems By Wallace Stevens This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains Harmonium Ideas of Order The Man With the Blue Guitar Parts of the World Transport Summer The Auroras of Autumn The Rock
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    1. Sarah Etter on said:

      i fell in love with two men in my undergrad senior seminar it was on wallace stevens and t.s eliot the way i loved both of these writers hurt i ll set eliot aside for another time stevens kills me when he uses very innocent symbols making ice cream, in the emperor of ice cream , for instance to offset the tragedy that s occurring front loaded with the promise of the sugar stuff, it seems like the poem will go somewhere happy, maybe to a coming of age resolultion.but it s not that simple everythi [...]

    2. Jonathan on said:

      Autumn RefrainThe skreak and skritter of evening goneAnd grackles gone and sorrows of the sun,The sorrows of sun, too, gone the moon and moon,The yellow moon of words about the nightingaleIn measureless measures, not a bird for meBut the name of a bird and the name of a nameless airI have never shall never hear And yet beneathThe stillness of everything gone, and being still,Being and sitting still, something resides,Some skreaking and skrittering residuum,And grates these evasions of the night [...]

    3. Abbi Dion on said:

      all night once i stayed up and read this book cover to cover looking for a poem i thought i remembered about dancing.

    4. notgettingenough on said:

      For Easter A friend told me this is maybe the best poem in the English language, quoting bits of it as we were driving along Had to look it up Here it is.Wallace Stevens 1879 1955 Sunday Morning 1Complacencies of the peignoir, and lateCoffee and oranges in a sunny chair,And the green freedom of a cockatooUpon a rug mingle to dissipateThe holy hush of ancient sacrifice.She dreams a little, and she feels the darkEncroachment of that old catastrophe,As a calm darkens among water lights.The pungent [...]

    5. Brendan on said:

      I don t know how to rate this, or how to review it It s like TS Eliot 8 poems out of 10 either make me feel stupid or make me hate poetry The other 2 knock me flat on my back.

    6. David M on said:

      In my life no poet has meant to me than Wallace Stevens It took years of blinking incomprehension before I really found an entry point actually, I highly recommend the page for Harmonium, a great introduction He doesn t make things too easy, and yet once he opens up to you you can practically make your home inside his oeuvre An immensely generous poet, Stevens teaches you how to be alone, a lesson it s necessary to learn and re learn your whole life.From Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction As if th [...]

    7. Sarah on said:

      This book of poetry combines an earthy sensibility coupled with a philosophical speculation that appeals to me My favorite book of poetry.

    8. Katherine ( on said:

      This is the type of book I read at 3 am when I can t sleep Stevens poetry just makes me feel so calm, even though the content in his poetry is not in fact anywhere near the realms of calm Overall, I would say, the content is hard hitting I m not going to pretend I understand all of his ideas and everything he says I definitely don t A lot of these poems leave me feeling like an idiot But when I am able to figure something out, it all starts to click and I am left with a lump in my throat Althoug [...]

    9. Simon Robs on said:

      From pt V of his poem Things of August The thinker as reader reads what has been written.He wears the words he reads to look uponWithin his being,A crown within him of crispest diamonds.A reddened garment falling to his feet,A hand of light to turn the page,A finger with a ring to guide his eyeFrom line to line, as we lie on the grass and listenTo that which has no speech,The voluble intentions of the symbols,The ghostly celebrations of the picnic,The secretions of insight.

    10. Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog) on said:

      Wallace Stevens is a fascinating poet, an aesthete whose concern is the complex, ever unravelling relation between the world and consciousness His work evokes something of Lucretius, as well as the Romantics, but it s framed in terms of the Modernist quest, part response, part direction.For Stevens, experiences are not encapsulated by snapshot instances, or at least, such instances are not in any form perfect way reducible to language, whether in the moment or through later reminiscence Language [...]

    11. Joseph Shuffield on said:

      Stevens wrote poetry like a jeweler cuts diamonds his language is musical to the ear and prismatic in the mind s eye He often writes about the power of art specifically poetry to transform Reality She sang beyond the genius of the sea It was her voice that madeThe sky acutest at its vanishingShe was the single artificer of the worldIn which she sang And when she sang, the sea,Whatever self it had, became the self That was her song, for she was the maker Then we, As we beheld her striding there [...]

    12. eliza on said:

      very fond of the harmonium and ideas of order collections some particular favorites another weeping woman from the misery of don joost the worms at heaven s gate anecdote of men by the thousand of the surface of things the place of the solitaires the curtains in the house of the metaphysician six significant landscapes tattoo the wind shifts farewell to florida the idea of order at key west anglais mort florence

    13. CandyStripedBlue on said:

      He wanted his heart to stop beatingAnd his mind to rest in a permanent realization I feel that as a poet Stevens always seems to be speaking directly to you I ve rarely encountered the first person voice in his work It s as though he has devised these poems from a place of deepest and most personal significance, and they are completed now for none other than you His poetic voice declares and justifies its own authority the language is crafted beautifully and inventively in such masterful arrange [...]

    14. Chris on said:

      Another wonderful, mostly opaque, poet But I thoroughly enjoyed what I could understand Stevens has a very strong philosophical bent, and his overtly humanistic stance celebrates in such bold and beautiful language the gift that every moment of life is with or without an eternal assurance He wrote in his book Opus Posthumous, After one has abandoned a belief in God, poetry is that essence which takes its place as life s redemption Many people with religious sensibilities may wonder how one can a [...]

    15. Jeff Crompton on said:

      I m marking this book as read, although I m not sure I ve read every poem This is certainly not a book which can be read cover to cover in a few sittings, at least not by someone of my intellect I fell in love with Stevens famous Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird during my freshman year in college The images were striking and beautiful, even though I didn t understand what the poem was about But the mystery was part of the appeal I understand the poem now, but there will always be an elem [...]

    16. John on said:

      I have been trying for years to get into Stevens Finally did and he is well worth the effort If you have tried and put it back on the shelf as I did, read his small book of essays The Necessary Angel and Helen Vendler s Words Chosen Out of Desire They helped me see what he was all about.Wallace Stevens, The Man with the Blue Guitar excerpts I The man bent over his guitar, A shearsman of sorts The day was green They said, You have a blue guitar, You do not play things as they are The man replied, [...]

    17. Rhonda on said:

      Superb poetry from an extremely unlikely source I think I read this after it was mentioned in Ken Kesey s Sometimes a Great Notion This book deserves a finer commentary when I have time to consider at the moment, but I was astounded by the impression which he made on my first reading it was simply like another world had opened up before me and the one in which I had been living became a mere shell of reality It was one of those fearful moments when you cannot be sure that your entire value syste [...]

    18. Kelly on said:

      i have a couple of his poems on my wall in my art studioeat poeti mean to buy a good edition of his poetry and have not had a chance to investigate which anthology to get any suggestions which is the best to get here is a taste my favorite Wallace poem The Idea of Order at Key WestWallace StevensShe sang beyond the genius of the sea.The water never formed to mind or voice,Like a body wholly body, flutteringIts empty sleeves and yet its mimic motionMade constant cry, caused constantly a cry,That [...]

    19. Jeremiah on said:

      The River of Rivers in ConnecticutThere is a great river this side of StygiaBefore one comes to the first black cataractsAnd trees that lack the intelligence of trees.In that river, far this side of Stygia,The mere flowing of the water is a gayety,Flashing and flashing in the sun On its banks,No shadow walks The river is fateful,Like the last one But there is no ferryman.He could not bend against its propelling force.It is not to be seen beneath the appearancesThat tell of it The steeple at Farm [...]

    20. J. Keck on said:

      I came across this book on one of my stays at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon Many a thank you to the extraordinary genius of the owner, who engaged her literary friends to adopt a room and decorate it in the imagined style of their favorite author and to include the books of said author Included in the rooms were personal entries in the volumes of diaries that stretched back many years The entries ranged from the joy of an experience to the deeply introspective writings of a personal [...]

    21. Andrew on said:

      The Emperor of Ice CreamCall the roller of big cigars,The muscular one, and bid him whipIn kitchen cups concupiscent curds.Let the wenches dawdle in such dressAs they are used to wear, and let the boysBring flowers in last month s newspapers.Let be be finale of seem.The only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.Take from the dresser of deal,Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheetOn which she embroidered fantails onceAnd spread it so as to cover her face.If her horny feet protrude, they comeTo s [...]

    22. Grey853 on said:

      Wallace Steven is probably my favorite modern poet His imagery, style, subject matter all catch me off guard, and that s something a good poet should do One poem to share would be The Snow Man.One must have a mind of winterTo regard the frost and the boughsOf the pine trees crusted with snow,And have been cold a long timeTo behold the junipers shagged with ice,The spruces rough in the distant glitterOf the January sun and not to thinkOf any misery in the sound of the wind,In the sound of a few l [...]

    23. Bryant on said:

      The world images for the beholder.He is born the blank mechanic of the mountains,The blank frere of fields, their matin laborer He is the possessed of sense not the possessor.He does not change the sea from crumpled tinfoil To chromatic crawler But it is changed.He does not raise the rousing of fresh light On the still, black slatted eastward shutters.The woman is chosen but not by him, Among the endlessly emerging accords.The world The inhuman as human That which thinks not,Feels not, resemblin [...]

    24. Albert on said:

      I am re reading this now It s a bit wordy, but full of an elegant, Godly style In the reading, I am among Greeks gods and ephebes , strange flowers, outdated seraphs, the vulgate, Ozymandias, and constantly, the Poet struggling between two states to find a Supreme Fiction Maybe it should be four stars No There s too much in here.

    25. Jenny on said:

      When I m feeling uninspired, I reach for this book Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird is likely the best known poem, but there are many to love here A beautiful collection.

    26. Dave on said:

      I think I read the corrected edition The one that was published in 1952 was rushed out before his death and has errors I also have the Library of America version, but I liked this better because it was just all his poetry in order It is bigger text and has space then the Library of America verision easier on the eyes Steven s poetry is like bookends his first Harmonium and the his last The Rock In the middle the full version of the Man with the Blue Guitar is also interesting.

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