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.

A Postcard from a Volcano

storming in blank walls, The seventh stanza presents what the speaker believes will be the thoughts of the wandering children of the future.

Anecdote of the Jar

‘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.

Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock

‘Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock’ by Wallace Stevens describes a speaker’s disappointed with a population living predictably boring lives. 

Of Mere Being

‘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

‘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

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

The Emperor of Ice-Cream

‘The Emperor of Ice-Cream’ by Wallace Stevens speaks on the universality of death and how one should endeavor to live a good life.

The Idea of Order at Key West

‘The Idea of Order at Key West’ by Wallace Stevens describes the tension between an interior and exterior life and the role of artist or maker. 

The Plain Sense of Things

‘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

‘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.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ by Wallace Stevens uses the blackbird as a way to describe the relations between humankind, nature, and emotions. 

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