A biography of wallace stevens an american poet

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He took a job with an insurance firm, the American Bonding Company, ina line of work that would be lifelong and ensure his financial stability. Mariani persuasively numbers Stevens among the twentieth-century poets who are both most powerful and most refined in their eloquence, along with Rilke, Yeats, and Neruda.

Mathiessen writing for The New York Times. Rather, he considered the poem as a collection of ideas about the idea of supreme fiction. This is no dry, philosophical activity, but a passionate engagement in finding order and meaning.

Thus, The conscience is converted into palms Like windy citherns, hankering for hymns.

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Stevens largely ignored the literary world and he did not receive widespread recognition until the publication of his Collected Poems Reality is the product of the imagination as it shapes the world. Moher's examination did not reveal anything and ordered Stevens to undergo an x-ray and barium enema on April 1, neither of which showed anything. He also had a hunger for erudition, expressed in precocious poems, essays, and orations. Each night, she read a chapter of the Bible to the children, who attended schools attached to both Presbyterian and Lutheran churches, where the music left an indelible impression on Stevens. From the early s Stevens entered a period of creativity that continued until his death in Hartford on August 2, in I know noble accents. Stevens was admitted to St.

He admitted to his companions that he dreaded what awaited him at home. Something very like such calculated risk operates in his poetry: little crises in consciousness, just perilous enough to seem meaningful.

Stevens's lifetime parallels almost exactly that of Albert Einsteinwho like Stevens was born in and died in As The New York Times reported in an article in"Nobody from his family attended the wedding, and Stevens never again visited or spoke to his parents during his father's lifetime. Encouraged by his father, Stevens devoted himself to the literary aspects of Harvard life.

The couple wed in and moved into an apartment on West Twenty-first Street. Seconding philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, Stevens asserted that evil was a necessary aspect of life, and he further declared that it was both inspirational and profitable to the imagination.

Hemingway then battered him, but later cheerfully accepted his meek apology. Alfred Prufrock.

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The Thrilling Mind of Wallace Stevens