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After giving a sketch of the poet's life, Murphy devotes chapters to Stevens' early poetry of the ...
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After giving a sketch of the poet's life, Murphy devotes chapters to Stevens' early poetry of the earth and later poetry of the soul. He then offers Stevens as a rich and inspiring example: "How Stevens managed to cultivate a rich inner life and live his life on a reflective plane that transcended office and domestic routines makes him very relevant for us", maintains Murphy.
Following this is a selection of poems from Stevens body of work. While there are many works on the life and art of Wallace Stevens, this one explores specifically the spiritual aspects and development of his poetic works. Gracefully written and brimming with insight, it will interest not only Stevens fans and lovers of poetry in general, but also those intrigued by the interface between religion and art.
|1||Nomad Exquisite: The Life of the Poet as Spiritual Figure||21|
|2||Pitiful Lovers of Earth: Finding the Way to God through the World||38|
|3||The Interior Paramour: Finding God within Oneself||52|
|4||Our Spiritual Climate: A New Ice Age||71|
|5||The Religious Imagination in a Secular Age: Indications for Our Spiritual Life||83|
|To an Old Philosopher in Rome||103|
|The World as Meditation||106|
|Angel Surrounded by Paysans||112|
|St. Armorer's Church from the Outside||113|
|The Motive for Metaphor||115|
|Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour||116|
|The Snow Man||117|
|Evening without Angels||118|
|The Emperor of Ice-Cream||120|
|Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself||121|
|Of Mere Being||122|
|Reply to Papini||123|