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Narrative and Representation in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens : A Tune beyond Us, Yet Ourselves - D. Schwarz

Narrative and Representation in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens

A Tune beyond Us, Yet Ourselves

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Published: 21st July 1993
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In this study the author argues that the narrative and representational aspects of Steven's poetry has been neglected in favour of readings that stress his word play and rhetoricity. Stressing the poet's familiarity with modern painting, this book shows how Steven's concept of representation is deeply influenced by such figures as Picasso and Duchamp. Schwartz shows that Steven's poetry needs to be understood in terms of a number of major contexts including the American tradition of Emerson and Whitman, the Romantic movement and the modernist tradition. Through analysis of selected poems, from every stage of Steven's career, the author shows how the aesthetics and themes evolve. The author sees "The Man with the Blue Guitar" and "Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction" as central poems.

Acknowledgements - Reading Wallace Stevens: Rhetoric and Representation - 'Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird': Stevens's Cubist Narrative - 'Spiritually Inquisitive Images': Stevens's Lyric Sequence about the Poetic Process - Defining the Figure of Capable Imagination: 'The Idea of Order at Key West', 'Asides on the Oboe', and Related Poems - The Narrative Impulse in Stevens's Poetry: 'Anecdote of the Prince of Peacocks' and 'Mrs Alfred Uruguay' - Theory as Praxis: The Man with the Blue Guitar - The Quest for Unity: Notes toward a Supreme Fiction - Stevens's Late Lyrics: 'His Actual Candle Blazed with Artifice' - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333536759
ISBN-10: 0333536754
Series: Tune Beyond Us, Yet Ourselves
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 21st July 1993
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 3