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Apprentices to Chance Event: First Books of the 1920s

Jesse Zuba

in The First Book: Twentieth-Century Poetic Careers in America

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164472
eISBN:
9781400873791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164472.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores representations of career in Harmonium (Wallace Stevens), Observations (Marianne Moore), and White Buildings (Hart Crane) that resist the normative course of development that ... More


Wallace Stevens’s Commonplace

Liesl Olson

in Modernism and the Ordinary

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195368123
eISBN:
9780199867639
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368123.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores Wallace Stevens’ theory of the “commonplace,” a word he starts using in the mid-1930s. The “commonplace” initially refers to contemporary events, but it also takes on a sense of ... More


‘The All‐Sustaining Air’: Variations on a Romantic Metaphor

Michael O'Neill

in The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199299287
eISBN:
9780191715099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299287.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The chapter explores the ways in which a metaphor central to Romanticism, that of ‘air’, reappears in the work of 20th-century poets. The metaphor is suggestive because of its multi-faceted ... More


“It Must Change”: The Art of Digression in Twentieth-Century American Poetry

Srikanth Reddy

in Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199791026
eISBN:
9780199950287
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791026.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the place of digression in Modernist debates surrounding the theory of aesthetics in relation to American political culture. Wallace Stevens adopts digression as a governing ... More


The Arcs of Modernism: Geography as Allegory

Paul Giles

in The Global Remapping of American Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691136134
eISBN:
9781400836512
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691136134.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines how the lineaments of U.S. national identity were shaped and consolidated by three wars over a span of eighty years: the American Civil War, World War I, and World War II. It ... More


Yeats and Stevens: Two Versions of Post-Romantic Self-Consciousness

Michael O'Neill

in Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122852
eISBN:
9780191671579
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122852.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Many Romantic poems explore experience in the act of reflecting on themselves or on the nature of poetry. What, though, of the self-conscious poem in the hands of post-Romantic practitioners? This ... More


American modernists and the Celtic Revival

Tara Stubbs

in American literature and Irish culture, 1910-55: The politics of enchantment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780719084331
eISBN:
9781781705841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719084331.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

It is easy, particularly within contemporary critical circles, to dismiss Celticism as a fanciful, archaic construction. But for some American modernist writers, the enchantment of Celticism – as ... More


Rhapsodies of Change: The Location of the Multitude in Wallace Stevens’s Poetry

Joel Nickels

in The Poetry of the Possible: Spontaneity, Modernism, and the Multitude

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676088
eISBN:
9781452947716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676088.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter focuses on the poetics of the modernist Wallace Stevens. The interpersonal ontologies of Stevens’s poetry tend to evoke the combined associative potential of a partly real, partly ... More


Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry

Srikanth Reddy

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199791026
eISBN:
9780199950287
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791026.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, American, 20th Century Literature

Digression is widely considered a mark of disordered or evasive discourse. Modern legal, philosophical, and political writing largely disavows this trope, regarding it as a departure from the model ... More


The First Book: Twentieth-Century Poetic Careers in America

Jesse Zuba

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164472
eISBN:
9781400873791
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164472.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

“We have many poets of the First Book,” the poet and critic Louis Simpson remarked in 1957, describing a sense that the debut poetry collection not only launched the contemporary poetic career but ... More


Literature without External Reference: Tautology in Wallace Stevens and Paul de Man

Andrew Goldstone

in Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199861125
eISBN:
9780199332724
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199861125.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter Four treats what may be the most radical autonomy fiction of all, the claim to a semiotic freedom by which the artwork refuses to refer to the real. This version of autonomy is crucial to the ... More


Wallace Stevens in a “Sudden Time”

Rachel Galvin

in News of War: Civilian Poetry 1936-1945

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190623920
eISBN:
9780190623951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190623920.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Although Wallace Stevens’s work is often read as hermetic and aestheticizing in a time of radical politics, examining its formal properties shows that responding to the news of World War II was ... More


Modernism and the Ordinary

Liesl Olson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195368123
eISBN:
9780199867639
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368123.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The book overturns conventional accounts of the modernist period as primarily drawn toward the new, the transcendent, and the extraordinary. The book shows how modernist writers were preoccupied, ... More


The Poetry of the Possible: Spontaneity, Modernism, and the Multitude

Joel Nickels

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816676088
eISBN:
9781452947716
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816676088.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book challenges the conventional image of modernism as a socially phobic formation, arguing that modernism’s abstractions and difficulties are ways of imagining unrealized powers of collective ... More


Rural Ireland, mythmaking and transatlantic translation

Tara Stubbs

in American literature and Irish culture, 1910-55: The politics of enchantment

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780719084331
eISBN:
9781781705841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719084331.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The efforts of the Celtic Revivalists had done much to persuade American writers that Ireland was a rural idyll – even if this was largely due to a fantastic reading of the Irish countryside and its ... More


A Xenoglossary for the Americas

Harris Feinsod

in The Poetry of the Americas: From Good Neighbors to Countercultures

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190682002
eISBN:
9780190682033
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190682002.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter advances a “tropological history” of inter-Americanism by showing how foreign words (xenoglossia) became a key poetic device for Wallace Stevens, José Lezama Lima, and Jorge Luis Borges ... More


Threshold: Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath

Marta Figlerowicz

in Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501714221
eISBN:
9781501714245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714221.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The first chapter, “Threshold,” examines the poetry of Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath. Stevens’ and Plath’s poems stall in realizations that a person’s mind and body do not themselves, even upon ... More


Beleaguered Modernists: Hemingway, Stevens, and the Left

Milton A. Cohen

in Key West Hemingway: A Reassessment

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033556
eISBN:
9780813038353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033556.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter expands the focus from the personal to the political by comparing Hemingway to Wallace Stevens. Despite their 1936 fistfight, the two writers suffered a similar crisis of conscience that ... More


Updating Baudelaire for the Radio Age: The Refractive Poetics of “The Pleasures of Merely Circulating”

J. Stan Barrett

in Broadcasting Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033495
eISBN:
9780813038315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033495.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

In Ideas of Order, abstraction becomes Wallace Stevens's mechanism for coping with his desire to be socially engaged while satisfying a much stronger desire to distance his own thinking from the ... More


What Makes a Poem Philosophical?

John Gibson

in Wittgenstein and Modernism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226420370
eISBN:
9780226420547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226420547.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

A philosophical poem, Gibson suggests, shows how the sense of wonder at our words can register otherwise than as a problem whose resolution can only come in the form of kind of theory. It therefore ... More


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