Wallace Stevens: The Intensest Rendezvous

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Wallace Stevens: The Intensest Rendezvousapproaches the poet's work as a constellation of various forms of desire. Stevens's love poetry, in this sense, is trace from its most direct manifestation as physical sensuality and physical longing to yearning aimed at a metaphysical objective. The theme of erotic desire is followed through its sublimations into parody, prophecy, paradox, violence, and wit. Demonstrating how the poet transfigures desire in the person of a complex, mysterious Paramour, Fisher discusses ...
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Overview

Wallace Stevens: The Intensest Rendezvousapproaches the poet's work as a constellation of various forms of desire. Stevens's love poetry, in this sense, is trace from its most direct manifestation as physical sensuality and physical longing to yearning aimed at a metaphysical objective. The theme of erotic desire is followed through its sublimations into parody, prophecy, paradox, violence, and wit. Demonstrating how the poet transfigures desire in the person of a complex, mysterious Paramour, Fisher discusses Steven's shift of the course of desire into increasingly ascetic modes. The final chapters explore Stevens's displacement of sexuality onto Place itself. This critical "affair" with the spatial, the emblematic, the architectonic proves that the poet is the master of the structures of liminality and permits his lyric-meditative style its full voice and range.
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Fisher (English, CUNY) approaches the poet's work as a constellation of various forms of desire, from physical sensuality and physical longing to yearning aimed at a metaphysical object, and the sublimations of desire into parody, prophecy, paradox, violence, and wit. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780737265521
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Pages: 185

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