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The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens [Kindle Edition]

Wallace Stevens
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Book Description

This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:

- "Harmonium"
- "Ideas of Order"
- "The Man With the Blue Guitar"
- "Parts of the World"
- "Transport Summer"
- "The Auroras of Autumn"
- "The Rock"

Editorial Reviews


"'One of the most considerable poets of the last hundred years... Poems that are as distinguished as any written this century.' Thom Gunn, London Magazine"

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This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:

- "Harmonium"
- "Ideas of Order"
- "The Man With the Blue Guitar"
- "Parts of the World"
- "Transport Summer"
- "The Auroras of Autumn"
- "The Rock"

Product Details

  • File Size: 785 KB
  • Print Length: 562 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679726691
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reissue edition (May 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
This collection lacks 22 poems which appeared in "The Palm at the End of the Mind", Holly Stevens carefully edited selection highly approved of by Harold Bloom. Missing are "Of Mere Being", "A Child Asleep in Its Own Life" and "For an Old Woman in a Wig" to name but three. It leaves out the added lines of "The Man Whose Pharynx Was Bad". It lacks an index of first lines. If you're going to buy a book of Stevens' poems spend the extra $10 and get the magnificent Library of America "Collected Poetry and Prose" which contains EVERYTHING, is a huge bargain and will keep you occupied for the rest of your life. Or possibly get Holly Stevens "The Palm at the End of the Mind" which eliminates a lot of lesser poems which could confuse a newcomer to Stevens. The Vintage people have thrown this together without much thought. It's better than nothing, but the other two books I have named are the one's to get.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A poet's eye November 18, 2004
"Her terrace was the sand/And the palms and the twilight" -- and those are only the first two lines. Dipping into surrealism and imbued with spirituality, his poetry is compiled into "The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens," which includes seven compilations of his work.

Over his lifetime, Stevens wrote several books of poetry, but his exquisite poems are best taken by themselves: the lush grandeur of "Sunday Morning," the hymnlike "Le Monocle De Mon Oncle," and the humid grittiness of "O Florida, Venereal Soil." He takes multiple looks at "Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird," and the lush "Six Significant Landscapes."

In other poems, Stevens dips into outright surrealism, like in the delicate "Tattoo" ("There are filaments of your eyes/On the surface of the water/And in the edges of the snow"), and also adds a meditative bent into "The Snow Man" ("For the listener, who listens in the snow,/And, nothing himself, beholds/Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is").

If nothing else, Stevens' poetry can be read just because it is exquisitely beautiful. He lavished details all over almost every poem he wrote, and gave many of them the quality of a dream. His descriptions are simply written, but brilliantly laid out: "When my dream was near the moon,/The white folds of its gown/Filled with yellow light."

His style tends to be a bit on the ornate side -- Stevens freely uses the more exotic terms -- such as "opalescence," "pendentives" and "muleteers" -- wrapped up in complex verse, sometimes with a rhyme scheme and sometimes free-form. And lush detail is added to many of his poems, with descriptions of the moon, sun, plants and lighting, along with dazzling descriptions of the colors.

But his writing is more than beautiful.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Intensest Rendez-vous... January 20, 2000
Stevens is a quirky and imaginative poet with a taste for unusual diction, a fluidity of ideas and an unerring instinct for the haunting and intriguing. The poems are meditational in their completeness and memorability and present a more delightful and pleasurable style of Modernism than the other 'greats' of the period such as T S Eliot or Ezra Pound. His attempts to create a 'Supreme Fiction' can at times be baffling, but there is a richness of pure self-indulgence in the poetry which means that it is immediately compulsive and a book which several of my friends agree is 'essential' to any poetry collection, whether its concern be with Poetry at its literary finest or with the langorous pleasure of 'the green freedom of a cockatoo...'and inspirational dream-like meditations. Treat yourself!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest American poet of the 20th Century May 14, 2006
Wallace Stevens is my favorite poet. This collection was prepared late in his life and is in a sense definitive, though the excellent Library of America collection is to be preferred as including a number of additional poems (including the controversial long poem "Owl's Clover"), as well as alternate versions of some poems, juvenilia, and also Stevens's essays.

Stevens is known, it seems to me, in two separate ways. In the popular sense, he is known for a series of remarkable early poems, in most cases not terribly long, notable for striking images and quite beautiful prosody. Of these poems the most famous is surely "Sunday Morning" -- other examples are "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird", "Peter Quince at the Clavier", "Sea Surface Full of Clouds", "Tea at the Palaz of Hoon", "The Emperor of Ice Cream", "The Idea of Order at Key West", "Of Modern Poetry". The great bulk of these come from his first collection, Harmonium, and indeed from the

first edition of Harmonium, published in 1923. These were certainly my favorite among his poems on first reading. And they remain favorites.

But his critical reputation rests strikingly on a completely different set of poems, all later than those mentioned above. (Though it must be acknowledged that at least "Sunday Morning" and "The Idea of Order at Key West" as well as two early long poems, "The Comedian as the Letter C" and "The Monocle de Mon Oncle", are in general highly regarded critically. And that most of his early work is certainly treated with respect.)

I think it's fair to say that "late Stevens" begins with "Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction", perhaps his most highly regarded work. Of course the terms "late" and "early" are odd

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great collection of poems. Good condition.
Published 2 months ago by S. DesJardin
3.0 out of 5 stars No Line Numbers in this Edition
The three stars has nothing to do with the poetry or the collection (which are excellent and extensive), however, this edition does not contain line numbers, making the reference... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Moore
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Published 4 months ago by martha strom
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite American poet.
Wallace Stevens is simply my favorite American poet. Nobody else constructs vistas and symphonies of language the way he did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rob Said That
2.0 out of 5 stars Student writing on a few pages
I don't think it qualifies as "good" condition if half of Sunday Morning is underlined but other than that just two more were and there was a sticker on the binding. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Catherine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
superb volume
Published 6 months ago by Professor Stanley Corngold
4.0 out of 5 stars ... I've ordered this showed up the quickest and I'm pleased I was...
Of all the used books I've ordered this showed up the quickest and I'm pleased I was able to replace a lost book so economically.
Published 7 months ago by citizen
5.0 out of 5 stars great digital item
This price was great! it was cheaper here than on Google digital books. This item was also cheaper here than at the UMBC book store.
Published 18 months ago by Ernestine Whitehead
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit or Miss.... maybe I'm too picky...
Really love a few poems in this collection, but they are hit or miss. Stevens' style changes so much from poem to poem that I kinda get discombobulated.
Published 22 months ago by Matthew R Duckworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Gift!
My daughter asked for this for Christmas. I'm sure she will love it. She specifically wanted this and made sure I wrote down the author and name so I got it right!
Published on December 21, 2012 by Mary Kay Schlimpert
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