Collected Poems

Wallace Stevens
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ISBN 9780571228744 Format Paperback
Published 19/01/2006 Length 488 pages

About Book

This collection of the work of one of the greatest modern poets was first published in America in 1954. The Collected Poems was prepared by Stevens himself, shortly before his death, and contains all of his published books of poetry, covering more than four decades: from the brilliant rococo lyrics of Harmonium, through the large-scale orchestrations of his middle years, to the magnificent austere lyrics of 'The Rock', which first appeared in the Collected Poems, Stevens's poetry meditated unremittingly upon the relation between the world and the imagination.
'He seems to me - and sems to my readers, I am sure - one of the true poets of our century, someone whom the world will keep on reading just as it keeps on listening to Vivaldi or Scarlatti, looking at Tiepolo or Poussin. His best poems are the poetry of a man fully human - of someone sympathetic, magnanimous, both brightly and deeply intelligent; the poems see, feel, and think with equal success; they treat with mastery that part of existence which allows of mastery, and experience the rest of it with awe or sadness or delight.' - Randall Jarrell, Poetry and the Age
'One of the most considerable poets of the last hundred years...Poems that are as distinguished as any written in this century.' - Thom Gunn, London Magazine

  • About Wallace Stevens

    Wallace Stevens, of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, was born in 1879. He studied at Harvard and worked briefly as a journalist, before going on to study law. In 1908 he began working for the legal department of the Hartford Accident and Indemnity insurance company, in Connecticut, of which he became vice-president in 1934. He died in Hartford in 1955.

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