By Eleanor Cook

Wallace Stevens is among the significant poets of the 20th century, and in addition one of the such a lot demanding. His poems should be superb of their verbal brilliance. they can be shot via with lavish imagery and wit, knowledgeable by way of a lawyer's common sense, and disarmingly unforeseen: a making a song jackrabbit, the seductive Nanzia Nunzio. in addition they spoke--and nonetheless speak--to modern matters. even though his paintings is well known and his readership keeps to develop, many readers encountering it are baffled by way of such wealthy and weird poetry.

Eleanor prepare dinner, a number one critic of poetry and professional on Stevens, offers us the following the fundamental reader's advisor to this crucial American poet. prepare dinner is going via every one of Stevens's poems in his six significant collections in addition to his later lyrics, in chronological order. for every poem she offers an introductory head notice and a sequence of annotations on tough words and references, illuminating for us simply why and the way Stevens was once a grasp at his artwork. Her annotations, which come with either formerly unpublished scholarship and interpretive feedback, will gain newbies and experts alike. cook dinner additionally presents a short biography of Stevens, and provides an in depth appendix on find out how to learn smooth poetry.

A Reader's advisor to Wallace Stevens is an crucial source and the suitable spouse to The gathered Poems of Wallace Stevens, first released in 1954 in honor of Stevens's seventy-fifth birthday, in addition to to the 1997 assortment Wallace Stevens: accrued Poetry and Prose.

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