A biography of wallace stevens an american poet

Thus The Necessary Angel considerably illuminates his poetry. The volume contains one of Steven's most penetrating statements on his poetic theory. Once out of Harvard, Stevens decided to work as a journalist, and shortly thereafter he began reporting for the New York Evening Post.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before; But the silence was unbroken, and the stillness gave no token, And the only word there spoken was the whispered word, "Lenore?

For one thing, I could make a living - I gave poetry readings around the country, wrote narrations for a couple of documentary films, translated a book of Eskimo poems, and, yes, even taught poetry workshops for a while. Brazeau, Peter, Parts of a world: To make sense of the world is to construct a worldview through an active exercise of the imagination.

I know noble accents.

Wallace Stevens - Biography and Works

All the while he was writing poetry, and as the poetic renascence in America and England gathered momentum, he began to associate with other poets, such as Alfred Kreymborg, William Carlos Williams, E.

But his father, while a lover of literature, was also prudent, and he counseled his son to cease writing and commence law studies. Your poems are too executive.

For most of his adult life, Stevens pursued contrasting careers as a insurance executive and a poet. Only, in fact, by this stark knowledge can he attain his own spiritual self that can resist the disintegrating forces of life The couple was blessed with a daughter named Holly in National Poetry Month; [12] the website Poets.

Thus, our bawdiness, Unpurged by epitaph, indulged at last, Is equally converted into palms, Squiggling like saxophones.

Weston wrote that in " Of Modern Poetry ," as with many poems in Parts of a World, "Stevens cannot say what the mind wants to hear; he must be content to write about a poetry that would express what the mind wants to hear, and to render the satisfaction that might ensue.

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Because of the extreme technical and thematic complexity of his work, Stevens was sometimes considered a willfully difficult poet. Currently the collection is regarded as one of the great works of American poetry.

Stevens was released in a temporarily improved ambulatory condition on May 11 and returned to his home on Westerly Terrace to recuperate. Wallace Stevens was a successful lawyer and businessman, as well as an important poet.

His mother's family, the Zellers, were of Dutch origin.

Wallace Stevens

In this work Stevens explored inside a profound philosophical framework the dualism between concrete reality and the human imagination. Stevens debated questions of theodicy with Fr.

It came to a point where he used to leave her all by herself while he was working on business matters. But years of rejection took their toll, and when I won the Lamont Award inI kept repeating "I will not be consoled.

Wallace Stevens: A Dual Life as Poet and Insurance Executive

Riddel, The Clairvoyant Eye: Because it is constantly changing as we attempt to find imaginatively satisfying ways to perceive the world, reality is an activity, not a static object. During the course of his adventures Crispin evolves from romantic to realist and from poet to parent, the latter two roles being, according to the poem, mutually antagonistic.

Infor instance, noted literary critic Harold Bloom, whose writings on Stevens include the imposing Wallace Stevens: But too much has been made of the combination of esthete and businessman in him. At this time he refused a Harvard professorship, though he relished the idea of concentrating on poetry, but he feared that the appointment would force his retirement from business, since he had already worked several years beyond the statutory retirement age of Here Stevens was still meditating on the poetic process but with a new elegiac note, a new uneasiness about a reality that included the Great Depression and forebodings of international violence.

He preferred to have a separate room where he would pop out of his sizable window and scribble his last verses.Poet Biography Wallace Stevens was regarded as one of the most significant American poets of the 20th century.

Wallace Stevens: A Dual Life as Poet and Insurance Executive

Stevens largely ignored the literary world and he did not receive widespread recognition until the publication of his Collected Poems (). While Wallace Stevens is certainly a major American poet, in Mariani’s pages he seldom comes across as a particularly interesting fellow, let alone a likeable or happy one.

Wallace Stevens Biography Poet Now considered one of the great modernist poets, Wallace Stevens didn’t receive many literary honors until late in life: He was over 70 when he won the National Book Award twice ( and ) and the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in Appreciation of Stevens’s poetry grew—the critic F.

O. Matthiessen wrote that it expressed “truths with the mellowness and tang of a late-summer wine”—but his home life languished. Biography. Wallace Stevens () was an American poet during the Modernist movement. He was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, and went to college at Harvard University.

Wallace Stevens: Wallace Stevens, American poet whose work explores the interaction of reality and what man can make of reality in his mind. It was not until late in life that Stevens was read at all widely or recognized as a major poet by more than a few. Stevens attended Harvard for three years, worked briefly.

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