The Modern Dilemma: Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot, and Humanism

The Modern Dilemma: Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot, and Humanism

by Leon Surette
     
 

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Leon Surette's study of T. S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens challenges the received view that Stevens' poetry expresses a Humanist world view, and - more surprisingly - documents Eliot's early Humanist phase.

Eliot's poetry is dominated by cultural, religious, and philosophical anxiety, while Stevens' is bright, witty, and playful - and commonly dismissed as superficial

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Leon Surette's study of T. S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens challenges the received view that Stevens' poetry expresses a Humanist world view, and - more surprisingly - documents Eliot's early Humanist phase.

Eliot's poetry is dominated by cultural, religious, and philosophical anxiety, while Stevens' is bright, witty, and playful - and commonly dismissed as superficial. By juxtaposing the two poets' responses in poetry and prose to the same texts and events - Marianne Moore's poetry, the Great War, Humanists and anti-Humanists, the Franco-Mexican Humanist Ramon Fernandez, Pure Poetry, and, finally, the gathering war clouds of the late 1930s - Surette demonstrates the seriousness of Stevens' life-long engagement with the modern dilemma of disbelief and shows that he, like Eliot, rejected the Humanist resolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773533639
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2008
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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