On Extended Wings
Wallace Stevens' Longer Poems
By (author) Helen Vendler
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On Extended Wings by Helen Vendler
Book DescriptionThough Wallace Stevens shorter poems are perhaps his best known, his longer poems, Helen Hennessy Vendler suggests in this book, deserve equal fame and equal consideration. Stevens central theme the worth of the imagination remained with him all his life, and Mrs. Vendler therefore proposes that his development as a poet can best be seen, not in description which must be repetitive of the abstract bases of his work, but rather in a view of his changing styles. The author presents here a chronological account of fourteen longer poems that span a thirty-year period, showing, through Stevens experiments in genre, diction, syntax, voice, imagery, and meter, the inventive variety of Stevens work in long forms, and providing at the same time a coherent reading of these difficult poems. She concludes, Stevens was engaged in constant experimentation all his life in an attempt to find the appropriate vehicle for his expansive consciousness; he found it in his later long poems, which surpass in value the rest of his work.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674634367
(210mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 17-Feb-1972
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Helen Vendler
Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar, Hardback (May 2015)
One of our foremost commentators examines the work of a broad range of English, Irish, and American poets. Helen Vendler's essays, book reviews, and occasional prose from the past two decades, taken together, are an eloquent plea for the centrality--in humanistic study and modern culture--of poetry's subversive, sustaining, and demanding legacy.
Dickinson, Paperback (November 2012)
Seamus Heaney, Denis Donoghue, William Pritchard, Harold Bloom, and many others have praised the author as one of the most attentive readers of poetry. In this title, she turns her illuminating skills as a critic to 150 selected poems of Emily Dickinson. She serves as a guide, considering the stylistic and imaginative features of the poems.
Imagination and Logos, Hardback (November 2010)
Explores interdisciplinary approaches to the poetics, intertexts, and influence of the work of C P Cavafy (Konstantinos Kavafis), one of the most important twentieth-century European poets.
Last Looks, Last Books, Hardback (March 2010)» View all books by Helen Vendler
Examines the ways in which five great modern American poets, writing their final books, try to find a style that does justice to life and death alike. This title focuses on the books: "The Rock", "Ariel", "Day by Day", "Geography III" and "A Scattering of Salts".
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Author Biography - Helen Vendler
Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.
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