Wallace Stevens Analysis

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Twentieth-century American poet Wallace Stevens has been a great challenge for the many critics that studied his work. Stevens is not an easy poet to understand and his poems are complex and tangled. Stevens’ poetry can be referred to as “meta poetry” since it involves an investigation into its own rules, its potential uses, how it works, what it does and what it is capable of. His poems are often aware of their own existence and discuss the idea of poetry as well as the process of writing poetry. In his book Wallace Stevens’ Supreme Fiction: a New Romanticism, Joseph Carroll closely studies Stevens’ poetry and prose in relation to Romanticism. Carroll’s book explains that while Stevens’ “style and manner draw heavily on the style and manner of great Romantics”, his new Romanticism incorporates “the modern belief that all metaphysical ideas are merely constructs of the imagination” (Carroll, 2 - 3). In fact, Carroll explains that one crucial difference between the old Romanticism and Stevens’ “new Romanticism” is the modern recognition that all beliefs are imaginative conceptions, products of the imagination. The old Romantics; however, believed in the existence of the divine mind. Similar to Carroll’s book, this paper aims to explore Stevens’ poetry in relation to the Romantics. The paper’s main focus is on the relationship between truth and imagination. The paper intends to achieve its aim by closely studying the poetry of Stevens in relation to the poetry of one of the
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