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The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

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Overview

This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:

- "Harmonium"
- "Ideas of Order"
- "The Man With the Blue Guitar"
- "Parts of the World"
- "Transport Summer"
- "The Auroras of Autumn"
- "The Rock"

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Overview

This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:

- "Harmonium"
- "Ideas of Order"
- "The Man With the Blue Guitar"
- "Parts of the World"
- "Transport Summer"
- "The Auroras of Autumn"
- "The Rock"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679726692
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 324,683
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Wallace Stevens was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on October 2, 1879, and died in Hartford, Connecticut, on August 2, 1955.  Although he had contributed to the Harvard Advocate while in college, he began to gain general recognition only when Harriet Monroe included four of his poems in a sepcial 1914 wartime issue of Poetry.  Harmonium, his first volume of poems, was published in 1923, and was followed by Ideas of Order (1936), The Man with the Blue Guitar (1937), Parts of a World (1942), Transport to Summer (1947), The Auroras of Autumn (1950), The Necessary Angel (a volume of essays, 1951), The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens (1954), and Opus Posthumous (first published in 1957, edited by Samuel Frued Morse; a new, revised, and corrected edition by Milton J. Bates, 1989).  Mr. Stevens was awarded the Bollingen Prize in Poetry of the Yale University Library for 1949.  In 1951 he won the National Book Award in Poetry for The Auroras of Autumn, in 1955 he won it a second time for The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens, which was also awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1955.  From 1916 on, he was associated with the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company, of which he became vice president in 1934.
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The Snow Man

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004

    Arguably the greatest American poet of the twentieth century

    The master music maker of modern American poetry. His poetry has a very rare polysyllabic kind of intellectual beauty. Stevens in his poetry takes to other worlds in language and feeling. 'Beauty is momentary in the mind the fitful tracing of a portal/ But in the flesh it is immortal. There is difficulty in Stevens complexity but it usually yields a sense of the sublime and deeply meaningful. The best in my opinion of the whole twentieth century American lot.

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  • Posted April 4, 2012

    great book read

    STEVENS LEAVES ME WITHOUT WORDS>>A GREAT POET>>>A POET THAT WROTE BEFORE THE ART OF WRITING CAME TO AN END>>>IT"S SAD THAT THE WRITTEN WORD HAS WORN OUT THE MUSCLE IN OUR FINGERS TO IMITATE STEVEN'S CURSIVE FLARE

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