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Wallace Stevens

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(1879–1955) US poet, whose difficult and elusive work attempted a new poetic insight into the nature of reality. Stevens was born at Reading, Pennsylvania. He attended ...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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..., Wallace ( 1879–1955 ) US poet . A lawyer and insurance company executive, his first collection of poems, Harmonium , appeared in 1923 . His work is rich in metaphors, and he contemplates nature and society. Stevens' early poems are often set in the tropics and reflect the lushness of their location. Collected Poems ( 1954 ) won a Pulitzer...

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J.M. Edelstein and Michael Meckna

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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325 words

... Wallace Stevens: The Making of Harmonium (Princeton, NJ, 1967) J.N. Serio : “The Ultimate Music Is Abstract: Charles Ives and Wallace Stevens,” Bucknell Review , xxiv/2 (1978), 120–31 M.A. Hovland : Musical Settings of American Poetry: A Bibliography (Westport, CT, 1986) [incl. list of settings] M.F. Alfano : A Certain Order of Forms: The Music of Harmonium (diss., Fordham U., NY, 1986) B.H. Boring : The Decomposer's Art: Ideas of Music in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens (New York, 1990) C. Colford : Music and Silence in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens ...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

..., Wallace ( 1879–1955 ) American poet Harmonium [enlarged edn, 1931 ] ( 1923 ) Poetry Ideas of Order ( 1935 ) Poetry Owl's Clover ( 1936 ) Poetry The Man With the Blue Guitar ( 1937 ) Poetry Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction ( 1942 ) Poetry Parts of a World ( 1942 ) Poetry Transport to Summer ( 1947 ) Poetry The Auroras of Autumn ( 1950 ) Poetry The Necessary Angel ( 1951 ) Non-Fiction Opus Posthumous ( 1957 ) Miscellaneous...

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Jay Parini

The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2013
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Literature, Literary studies - poetry and poets
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...Philosophy in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens (Routledge, 2005); Tim Morris , Wallace Stevens: Poetry and Criticism (Salt, 2006 ); and Edward Ragg , Wallace Stevens and the Aesthetics of Abstraction (Cambridge University Press, 2010 ). See also Eleanor Cook , A Reader’s Guide to Wallace Stevens (Princeton University Press, 2007). For biographical studies, see Peter Brazeau , Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered (Random House, 1983) ; Holly Stevens , Souvenirs and Prophecies: The Young Wallace Stevens (journals) (Knopf, 1977) ; and...

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion, Social sciences
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662 words

...Sexson Further Reading Bloom, Harold . Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate . Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1976. Miller, J. Hillis . Poets of Reality: Six Twentieth-Century Writers . Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1965. Stevens, Wallace . Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose . New York: The Library of America, 1997. Vendler, Helen . On Extended Wings: Wallace Stevens' Longer Poems . Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1969. Voros, Gyorgi . Notations of the Wild: Ecology in the Poems of Wallace Stevens . Iowa City: University of Iowa Press,...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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Literature
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101 words

..., Wallace ( 1879–1955 ) Major American poet, and lawyer. His first volume, Harmonium ( 1923 ) contains ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’. Later collections include Ideas of Order ( 1935 ) and Notes towards a Supreme Fiction ( 1942 ). The ‘supreme fiction’ in the latter denotes a satisfactory conceptualization of reality, more often an aim in his poetry rather than an achieved end. His enigmatic, elegant, intellectual, and occasionally startling meditations on order and the imagination and on the function of poetry can also be seen in his...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Literature
Length:
194 words

...elegant, intellectual, and occasionally startling meditations on order and the imagination and on the function of poetry can also be seen in his volume of essays The Necessary Angel ( 1951 ). Stevens also wrote several plays and explored the relation between poetry and painting in his writing; he was himself an art collector. See Joan Richardson , Wallace Stevens , 2 vols (1986,...

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Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

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2003
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History
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251 words

..., Wallace ( 1879–1955 ) US poet, whose difficult and elusive work attempted a new poetic insight into the nature of reality. Stevens was born at Reading, Pennsylvania. He attended Harvard, and later New York Law School, being admitted to the US bar in 1904 . He was employed as a lawyer by an insurance company for many years, finally becoming vice-president of the firm in 1934 . His poetry was a private activity, of which many of his colleagues had no knowledge. After the appearance of several poems in various anthologies and a couple of one-act...

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The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Literature in English

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Current Version:
2005

..., Wallace ( 1879–1955 ), American poet , born in Reading, Pennsylvania, educated at Harvard and at New York University Law School. After working as a lawyer in New York, in 1916 he joined the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, of which he was Vice-President from 1934 until his death. Harmonium ( 1923 ), his remarkably assured first collection of poetry, drew little acclaim from the critics of the day; Stevens retained a special regard for the book, which is rich in what he termed ‘the essential gaudiness of poetry’, a phrase suggesting the...

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The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Literature
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385 words

..., Wallace ( 1879–1955 ), Pennsylvania-born poet, educated at Harvard ( 1897–1900 ) and at New York University Law School, made his business career as an executive of an insurance firm in Hartford, Conn. The few early poems he chose to save appear among later work in Harmonium ( 1923 ), published when he was almost 44, but most of his poetry was written after he was 50, although its gaiety, vitality, and exotic imagination give no sense that it is the work of a man of such age and with a full-time business. His earliest poems have the finish, the elegant...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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Current Version:
2002
Subject:
Literature
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414 words

...Stevens, Wallace ( 1879–1955 ), Pennsylvania -born poet , educated at Harvard ( 1897–1900 ) and at New York University Law School, made his business career as an executive of an insurance firm in Hartford, Conn. The few early poems he chose to save appear among later work in Harmonium ( 1923 ), published when he was almost 44, but most of his poetry was written after he was fifty, although its gaiety, vitality, and exotic imagination give no sense that it is the work of a man of such age and with a full-time business. His earliest poems have the finish, the...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
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8,109 words

...Reading Bates, Milton . Wallace Stevens: A Mythology of Self . Berkeley, Calif., 1985. The best all-around introduction to Stevens's work and life. Bloom, Harold . Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate . Ithaca, N.Y., 1977. A highly idiosyncratic but usually brilliant reading of all of Stevens's major poems. Litz, A. Walton . Introspective Voyager: The Poetic Development of Wallace Stevens . New York, 1972. A detailed and attractively plainspoken account of the first half of Stevens's career. Longenbach, James . Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of...

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Brewer's Famous Quotations

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Quotation
Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Quotations
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91 words

...Wallace Stevens 1879 1955 American poet Only, here and there, an old sailor, Drunk and asleep in his boots, Catches tigers In red weather. ‘Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock’ (1923.) Hence, Tigers in Red Weather , the title of a memoir (2005) by Ruth Padel. I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling Or just after. ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ (1923). Compare 52 Ways of Looking at a Poem , the title of a study (2002) by Ruth...

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2008
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...0Wallace Wallace Stevens 1879 – 1955 American poet The poet is the priest of the invisible. ‘Adagia’ (1957) poet is the priest priest of the invisible priest of the invisible Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan Of tan with henna hackles, halt! ‘Bantams in Pine Woods’ (1923) chieftain Iffucan of Azcan Iffucan of Azcan in caftan tan with henna hackles tan with henna hackles, halt Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. ‘The Emperor of Ice-Cream’ (1923) roller of big cigars whip in...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2018
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Quotations
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531 words

...0Wallace Wallace Stevens 1879 – 1955 American poet The imagination is man's power over nature. ‘Adagia’ (1959) Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. ‘The Emperor of Ice-Cream’ (1923) roller of big cigars whip in kitchen cups concupiscent curds Let be be finale of seem. The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream. ‘The Emperor of Ice-Cream’ (1923) Let be be finale of seem emperor of ice-cream emperor of ice-cream The summer night is like a perfection of thought. ‘The House Was...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2014
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Quotations
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675 words

...0Wallace Wallace Stevens 1879 – 1955 American poet The poet is the priest of the invisible. ‘Adagia’ (1957) poet is the priest priest of the invisible priest of the invisible Chieftain Iffucan of Azcan in caftan Of tan with henna hackles, halt! ‘Bantams in Pine Woods’ (1923) chieftain Iffucan of Azcan Iffucan of Azcan in caftan tan with henna hackles tan with henna hackles, halt Call the roller of big cigars, The muscular one, and bid him whip In kitchen cups concupiscent curds. ‘The Emperor of Ice-Cream’ (1923) roller of big cigars whip in...

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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Quotation
Current Version:
2008
Subject:
Quotations
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533 words

...Wallace Stevens 1879 – 1955 Let be be finale of seem. The Emperor of Ice-Cream , 1923 They said, “You have a blue guitar, You do not play things as they are.” The man replied, “Things as they are Are changed upon the blue guitar.” The Man with the Blue Guitar , 1937 Poetry is the subject of the poem. In A High-toned Old Christian Woman , 1923, Stevens described poetry as “the supreme fiction.” In Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction , 1947, he wrote, “You must become an ignorant man again / And see the sun again with an ignorant eye / And see it clearly in...

Wallace Stevens's Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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Literature
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...In Wallace Stevens: A Collection of Critical Essays , edited by Marie Borroff . Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1963. A somewhat overstated and emotional but enthusiastic account of Notes . Doggett, Frank A. Wallace Stevens: The Making of the Poem . Baltimore, Md., 1980. Much-quoted account of Stevens, taking due notice of his ideas. Garraway, David R. Wallace Stevens and the Question of Belief: Metaphysician in the Dark . Baton Rouge, La., 1993. Relates Stevens's ideas to his poetry. Hines, Thomas J. The Later Poetry of Wallace Stevens:...

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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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45 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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