Collected Poetry & Prose

Wallace Stevens Joan Richardson Frank Kermode

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Collected Poetry & Prose

Collected Poetry & Prose By Wallace Stevens Joan Richardson Frank Kermode Collected Poetry Prose Wallace Stevens unique voice combined meditative speculation and what he called the essential gaudiness of poetry in a body of work of astonishing profusion and exuberance Now for the first time the

  • Title: Collected Poetry & Prose
  • Author: Wallace Stevens Joan Richardson Frank Kermode
  • ISBN: 9781883011451
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Collected Poetry & Prose By Wallace Stevens Joan Richardson Frank Kermode Wallace Stevens unique voice combined meditative speculation and what he called the essential gaudiness of poetry in a body of work of astonishing profusion and exuberance Now, for the first time, the works of America s supreme poet of the imagination are collected in one authoritative volume.
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    1. Mark David on said:

      The reviews of this book on this site are rather curious They range from typically over the top effusions to one delightful review which squanders its contention that Stevens has inexplicably been canonized by taking altogether too long to come to that conclusion Any book that warrants so much attention cannot be convincingly rated at one star But, of course, neither the pros nor cons quite get it right Stevens is not a poet to hug to one s chest while trilling delighted arpeggios of vacuous gle [...]

    2. Mattia Ravasi on said:

      The Library of America is not a cheap publishing house, but their editions are worth every penny you pay for them.Stevens is an incredibly enigmatic poet you ll spend hours trying to figure out Sometimes you ll crack his works, sometimes you won t, sometimes you will and you won t like what you find, but if you are not obsessed with getting 100% of what s going on in what you read an unhealthy obsession in any serious reader then he can be rewarding in a mysterious, even magical way There s some [...]

    3. Allan on said:

      Stevens is often allusive, sometimes seeming elusive when in fact precise to the point of obscurity for those not prepared to follow Consider the poetic range between The Comedian as the Letter C and Disillusionment of Ten O Clock An erudite actuary Try doing this at home Non, nous ne sommes pas tous des artistes.These poems are all suffused with beauty, a kind of reverence for the imagination and the search for the vanishing point where what is might meet what might be Glints of gold in hard or [...]

    4. Kat on said:

      Stevens is that rare maybe singular author who seems to have practised absolute creative autonomy and still made it into the mainstream canon His imagery is flamboyant, magical, dizzying, and at first glance, entirely out of left field Yes, there is his philosophy, his themes, his humour and his gravitas and they all come together on a wild word ride.The literary references do come through for those in the know But the power punch is the same as his achilles heel the daring of a big dreamer to s [...]

    5. Rich on said:

      Wallace Stevens is my favorite poet This Library of America collection is to be preferred as a source of his writing it includes a number of additional poems relative to his Collected Poems including the controversial long poem Owl s Clover , as well as alternate versions of some poems, juvenilia, and also Stevens s essays.Stevens is known, it seems to me, in two separate ways In the popular sense, he is known for a series of remarkable early poems, in most cases not terribly long, notable for s [...]

    6. David on said:

      came home to the fragile christmas lights strung across the front of the house at a quarter to midnight coughing and coughing the smell of the street is all dead leaves and squash i pulled the plug and opened the door to two shelves of library of america books, a rectangle of black with a line of red, white and blue banville s the sea is destroying me i am nothing but memories these tiny nothing in particular moments with my mother and father my brothers and sister i m flying to buffalo to spend [...]

    7. Geoff Bartakovics on said:

      This isn t a review of Stevens, of course He s simply a great poet and doesn t deserve to be rated using a star system.Over Christmas holiday, in a fit of over relaxation, I found a Harold Bloom lecture on iTunes University under the Yale Lectures section He s doing a close reading of a Stevens poem Though I m not a huge Bloom close reading fan, I was propelled to the NYPL to pick up this compilation to read along A great Christmas 07 memory.

    8. Tom on said:

      Browsing poetry causes me to reflect that in terms of whether we like a piece of writing or not we require words to be earned PG wrote this essay paulgraham talkml It conflates things as many people in the HN comments mentioned talking can be complex too But it gets at something very important You cannot say the word heroic unless you have earned it within the context that you are using it That is, if there are other alternatives for that word in our big ass language, you cannot use the word wit [...]

    9. H on said:

      Incredible I don t know how I missed this the first time around, or how the essays in The Necessary Angel didn t strike me much earlier From Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction, 1.III The poem refreshes life so that we share,For a moment, the first idea It satisfiesBelief in an immaculate beginningAnd sends us, winged by an unconscious will,To an immaculate end We move between these points From that ever early candor to its late pluralAnd the candor of them is the strong exhilarationOf what we feel [...]

    10. carl on said:

      I have to admit that it is difficult for me to discuss Stevens poetry as well its poetry, and true poetry at that There is a direct experience with the secular in life, the mundane, the material that imbues his work God is dead in this world in a very real and nonreligious way You have no sense the author is ridding himself of such things as belief or spirit Instead it is almost a homecoming As you walk through his poetry you are reminded again and again that this is all there is, and yet, it is [...]

    11. C. Varn on said:

      Reviews of this book are difficult Stevens is paradigmatic of high modernism and has many of the problems of the time period You can focus on his idiosyncratic use of language, his problematic views on race, his intellectualism, and his cerebral focus Stevens use of imagery is both magical and alienating at once, and ones reaction to that often shapes ones reception of his brand of modernism This book has so much of his poetry that rougher spots are clear and his idiosyncratic images show some o [...]

    12. Keith on said:

      Stevens has written some of the most beautiful lines of blank verse poetry I ve read And some of his verse has a mystical concreteness of the best haikus But I generally feel a coldness in his poetry and his metaphysics His works seem dispassionate and coolly analytical, the topics are a bit too philosophical for my personal tastes.Idea of Order at Key West is one of the best poems I ve ever read, and I enjoy Sunday Morning, Peter Quince at the Clavier and Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird [...]

    13. Alex on said:

      There s some pretty incredible poetry in here, but you ve got to read it for the sound, first, and then worry about the meaning Alas, when I write a paper on it I have to do the reverse Aside They don t teach us, in English departments, to write about aesthetic effects of texts, so when we get to a point where we have the chance to analyze that, it s a lot harder than a simple close reading Check out Sunday Morning, one of the greatest poems ever, and Rabbit as King of the Ghosts for something [...]

    14. Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch on said:

      Wallace Stevens, what s he done He can play the flitter flad He can see the second sun Spinning through the lordly cloud He s imagination s prince He can plink the skitter bum How he rolls the vocables, Brings the secret right in Here from A Rouse for Stevens by Theodore Roethke W.H Auden, writing in A Tribute to Igor Stravinsky, quotes him Stravinsky I am not a mirror, struck by my mental functions My interest passes entirely to the object, the thing made The opposite might be said of Mr Steven [...]

    15. Peter on said:

      I have a question for readers of this book I recently bought the Library of America complete works of Wallace Stevens In the version of the man whose pharynx was bad in that volume, the lines perhaps if summer ever came to rest lengthened, deepened, comforted, caressed through days like oceans in obsidian horizons are omitted An endnote says that these lines were included in the version of the poem published in The New Republic ten years before Harmonium, in 1921.My question is does the version [...]

    16. Kim on said:

      To be honest, I had never heard about this poet until I took a class on him in my final year of college In general, I m not a very big poetry fan but every once in a while I come across someone whose works do get to me This was also the case for Wallace Stevens and my appreciation of his works even increased after I found out that he wrote poems inspired by William Butler Yeats It might have been because of the academic environment and the enthusiasm with which my professor spoke of him, but the [...]

    17. Benjamin on said:

      Of course, this is some of the greatest poetry of the twentieth century But it s also a wonderful edition Not all of the Library of America volumes are of equal interest Some like the recent Philip K Dick collection are wasted opportunities that serve mostly to legitimate their authors Others like the Melville volumes are useful compendiums, but not, in fact, the best editions available That s not the case here No other edition collects as many poems or makes as much of the prose available Only [...]

    18. Barry Cunningham on said:

      I ve been currently reading this for nearly 50 years.Stevens s poetry is frequently enigmatic Hence, I keep coming back to poems over and over again, reading new meanings into it.I still have not read it all, and when I have, it will still probably be on my Currently Reading list.

    19. John on said:

      I have several editions of Stevens, but this is by far the best Portable and complete The Library of America makes very servicable books, with the ribbon bookmark and the powerful spine .

    20. Marty on said:

      Stevens, arguably the most intriguing and difficult American poet simultaneously exists in whimsical and deeply philosophic realms Difficult to interpret or explicate, Stephens poetry comes to me as a beautifully structured mental jungle gym.

    21. Lance Lusk on said:

      I could spend a lifetime with these poems and never get tired They are incredibly intricate, beautiful, and contemplative, but in a very ordered way I love The Library of America hardcover edition, well made and handy.

    22. Joseph on said:

      wonderful complete library of america edition of the best poet of the twentieth century Ok, maybe andrea zanzotto can compete But he was influenced by stevens as a precursor, so how do you measure that

    23. Friedrick on said:

      Just turn to one of the last the very last poems in the book, Of Mere Being, and you ll see why.

    24. Jason on said:

      His poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, is one of my favorites.

    25. Eric on said:

      The Library of America volumes are so ugly Galliard is one of the most repellent typefaces ever devised but I ll probably end up purchasing this, because it collects all of the prose.

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