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Mind of Winter: Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature

Mind of Winter: Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature

by William W. Bevis
     
 

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Bevis addresses the most puzzling and least studied aspect of Wallace Stevens’ poetry: detachment. Stevens’ detachment, often associated by readers with asceticism, bareness, or withdrawal, is one of the distinguishing and pervasive characteristics of Stevens’ poetic work. Bevis agues that this detachment is meditative and therefore

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Bevis addresses the most puzzling and least studied aspect of Wallace Stevens’ poetry: detachment. Stevens’ detachment, often associated by readers with asceticism, bareness, or withdrawal, is one of the distinguishing and pervasive characteristics of Stevens’ poetic work. Bevis agues that this detachment is meditative and therefore experiential in origin. Moreover, the meditative Stevens of spare syntax and clear image is in constant tension with the romantic, imaginative Stevens of dazzling metaphors and exuberant flight. Indeed, for Bevis, Stevens is a poet not of imagination and reality, but of imagination and reality, but of imagination and meditation in relation to reality.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Bevis does an excellent job of discussing a difficult subject, an aconceptual state of consciousness for which the West lacks a decent vocabulary.  He revises the polemics of Stevens criticism, especially by seeing the old reality vs. imagination dichotomy in an entirely new way. . . . Fascinating reading.”
The Wallace Stevens Journal

“Lucidly written and attentive to the formal processes of the poetry, this is an original and useful study.”
Journal of Modern Literature

“Bevis reconciles asceticism with Stevens’ theory of the poetic mind. . . . Bevis also tries to reconcile Marjorie Perloff’s ‘constructionist’ poetics with Helen Vendler’s ‘expressive’ model; Bevis accomplishes such a maneuver by taking up Perloff’s ‘topic of impersonality,’ which she has used against Stevens, and turning it on its head, so that in the end Bevis’ Stevens has become Perloff’s Pound.”
American Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822985112
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
02/28/1989
Edition description:
1
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

William W. Bevis is emeritus professor of English at the University of Montana.

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