- Author:James Longenbach
- Publisher:Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 31, 1991)
- Pages:356 pages
- Subcategory:History & Criticism
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Longenbach has crafted a strong personal interpretation of Stevens' poetry that deserves a place among the half-dozen .
Longenbach has crafted a strong personal interpretation of Stevens' poetry that deserves a place among the half-dozen major studies of Stevens on our shelves. -Wallace Stevens Journal. An intelligent in-depth study. -Ken Norris, University of Maine. This distinguished book sets forth the Stevens that we will be reading for at least the next three decades: a Stevens in close touch with political and social conditions, a Stevens whose poetry arises from the texture of his times.
Dive deep into James Longenbach's Wallace Stevens: The Plain Sense of Things with extended analysis .
To a plain sense of things. It is as if. We had come to an end of the imagination, Inanimate in an inert savoir. It is difficult even to choose the adjective. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. Source: The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (Alfred A. Knopf, 1954). More About this Poem. More Poems by Wallace Stevens.
Wallace Stevens the poet and Wallace Stevens the insurance executive .
However, the idea that Stevens lived a double life, the author maintains, is misleading.
James Longenbach is an American critic and poet. His early critical work focused on modernist poetry, namely that of Ezra Pound, . Yeats, and Wallace Stevens, but has come to include contemporary poetry as well. Longenbach has published four books of poems: Threshold, Fleet River, Draft of a Letter, and The Iron Key. One recent book of criticism, The Resistance to Poetry, has been described as a "compact and exponentially provocative book. This compelling book uncovers what Stevens liked to think of as his "ordinary" life, a life in which the demands of politics, economics, poetry, and everyday distractions coexisted, sometimes peacefully and sometimes not.
But Longenbach argues that Stevens lived no such double life
But Longenbach argues that Stevens lived no such double life. By examining a full range of Stevens' writing in the context of American political and intellectual history, Longenbach's book reveals for the first time a poet who was not only aware of events taking place around him but whose work was often inspired by those events. While the focus is on Stevens, and the historical events and ideological debates around him, poets like Eliot, Williams, Marianne Moore, and Burke are also examined. Format Paperback 352 pages.