Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens was a modernist American poet born in October 1879. For most of his career, he worked at an insurance company in Connecticut. He began writing in 1923 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1955 for Collected Poems. Read more of Wallace Steven.

Anecdote of the Jar

by Wallace Stevens

‘Anecdote of the Jar’ is a poem that expresses, through the story of “a jar” and “a hill,” the progressive overtaking of industry over nature.

Of Mere Being

by Wallace Stevens

‘Of Mere Being’ by Wallace Stevens describes the world beyond one’s last thought and speaks to the elemental purity of existence. 

Peter Quince at the Clavier

by Wallace Stevens

‘Peter Quince at the Clavier’ by Wallace Stevens is a musical depiction of the story of Susanna and the Elders from the Book of Daniel. It describes the “feeling” of “music” and the nature of beauty.

Sunday Morning

by Wallace Stevens

‘Sunday Morning’ by Wallace Stevens discusses the existence of an afterlife and the role God and nature play in the creation of paradise.

The Plain Sense of Things

by Wallace Stevens

‘The Plain Sense of Things’ by Wallace Stevens is a thoughtful poem about creativity. The speaker notes the “plain” times when one is forced to contend with a weakened imagination. 

The Snow Man

by Wallace Stevens

‘The Snow Man’ was first published in Poetry magazine in 1921. This poem features the poet’s perspectivism concerning an image of the wintry landscape.

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