Notations Of The Wild: Ecology Poetry Wallace Stevens

Notations Of The Wild: Ecology Poetry Wallace Stevens

by Gyorgyi Voros
     
 

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In the summer of 1903, just before he turned twenty-four, Wallace Stevens joined a six-week hunting expedition to the wilderness of British Columbia. The adventure profoundly influenced his conceptions of language and silence, his symbolic geography, and his sensibilities toward wild nature as nonhuman “other.” The rugged western mountains came to

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In the summer of 1903, just before he turned twenty-four, Wallace Stevens joined a six-week hunting expedition to the wilderness of British Columbia. The adventure profoundly influenced his conceptions of language and silence, his symbolic geography, and his sensibilities toward wild nature as nonhuman “other.” The rugged western mountains came to represent that promontory of experience—“green's green apogee”—against which Stevens would measure the reality of all his later perceptions and conceptions and by which he would judge the purpose and value of works of the human imagination. Notations of the Wild views his poetry as a radical reimagining of the nature/culture dialectic and a reinstatement of its forgotten term—Nature.

Gyorgyi Voros focuses on three governing metaphors in Stevens' poems—Nature as house, Nature as body, and Nature as self. She argues that Stevens' youthful wilderness experience yielded his primary subject—the relationship between human beings and nonhuman nature—and that it spurred his shift from a romantic to a phenomenological understanding of nature. Most important, it prompted him to reject his culture's narrow humanism in favor of a singular vision that in today's terms would he deemed ecological.

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Focusing on three governing metaphors in Stevens's poems<-->Nature as house, body, and self<-->the author argues that Stevens's youthful wilderness experience yielded his primary poetic subject (the relationship between humans and nature) and shifted his understanding of nature from romantic to phenomenological. She draws on the extraliterary discourses of phenomenology and ecology, mapping the landscape of Stevens's career and canon. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587292453
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Series:
NONE Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
292 KB

Meet the Author

 Gyorgyi Voros teaches in the Department of English at Virginia Tech.

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