By Malcolm Woodland

Wallace Stevens and the Apocalyptic Mode specializes in Stevens's doubled stance towards the apocalyptic earlier: his simultaneous use of and resistance to apocalyptic language, contradictory forces that experience generated dominant and incompatible interpretations of his paintings. The e-book explores the customarily paradoxical roles of apocalyptic and antiapocalyptic rhetoric in modernist and postmodernist poetry and thought, rather as those emerge within the poetry of Stevens and Jorie Graham. This examine starts with an exam of the textual and primary concerns surrounding apocalypse, culminating within the proposal of apocalyptic language as a kind of discursive mastery over the mayhem of occasions. wooded area offers an informative religious/historical dialogue of apocalypse and, attractive with such critics as Parker, Derrida, and Fowler, units forth the paradoxes and complexities that at last problem any transparent dualities among apocalyptic and antiapocalyptic considering. describes Stevens's efforts to salvage a feeling of self and poetic power in a time of battle, in addition to his resistance to the potential of cultural cave in. forest discusses the most important postwar poems Credences of summer season and The Auroras of Autumn in separate chapters, studying the interplay of (anti)apocalyptic modes with, respectively, pastoral and elegy. the ultimate bankruptcy deals a standpoint on Stevens's position in literary background by way of analyzing the paintings of a latest poet, Jorie Graham, whose poetry prices from Stevens's oeuvre and indicates different marks of his impression. forest makes a speciality of Graham's 1997 assortment The Errancy and exhibits that her antiapocalyptic poetry contains a really assorted angle towards the potential of a thorough holiday with a selected cultural or aesthetic stance. Wallace Stevens and the Apocalyptic Mode, delivering a brand new figuring out of Stevens's place in literary heritage, will drastically curiosity literary students and scholars.

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