By James Longenbach

ISBN-10: 0195068637

ISBN-13: 9780195068634

ISBN-10: 0195070224

ISBN-13: 9780195070224

ISBN-10: 1280441046

ISBN-13: 9781280441042

ISBN-10: 1423737458

ISBN-13: 9781423737452

Wallace Stevens the poet and Wallace Stevens the coverage government: for multiple severe iteration it has appeared as though those males have been unacquainted--that Stevens was once a poet who existed in simple terms within the rarefied international of language. in spite of the fact that, the concept Stevens lived a double existence, the writer continues, is deceptive. This compelling e-book uncovers what Stevens beloved to consider as his "ordinary" lifestyles, a lifestyles during which the calls for of politics, economics, poetry, and daily distractions coexisted, occasionally peacefully and occasionally now not. analyzing the whole scope of Stevens's profession (from the student-poet of the 19th century to the award-winning poet of the chilly conflict years), Longenbach unearths that Stevens was once not just conscious of occasions occurring round him, yet usually encouraged via these occasions. the key achievements of Stevens's profession are proven to coalesce round the significant old occasions of his lifetime (the nice melancholy and global Wars); yet Longenbach additionally dwells on Stevens's prolonged classes of poetic silence, exploring the an important facets of Steven's existence that weren't completely poetic. Longenbach demonstrates that via Stevens's paintings in surety legislations he used to be way more in detail familiar with criminal and fiscal issues than so much poets, and he for that reason notion deeply in regards to the strengths--and, both vital, the limitations--of poetry as a social product and strength

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The long series of articles in the next day's Tribune offered a detailed account and transcription of the speeches at Madison Square Garden, the street outside the 30 THE FIRST SILENCE Garden (both of which were filled to capacity due to Bryan's fame as an orator), Tammany Hall, and Cooper Union. Bryan avoided his signature domestic issues but nevertheless remained the people's candidate; his platform was antitrust, antimilitary, and anti-imperialist. Coupling America's acquisition of Puerto Rico and the ongoing guerrilla war in the Philippines with Britain's contest with the Boers in South Africa, Bryan played to his nation's most enduring self-definition myth.

Stevens knew that road well, but what is most crucial about this review of Santayana is that its author ultimately finds the philosopher's vision inadequate. " The Stevens who felt facts like flies, who called for increased interest in politics among his colleagues, could not follow this extension of Santayana's aestheticism. " That is precisely what Santayana wanted to avoid—but it was precisely what Stevens required. " Santayana, in contrast, was a professional aesthete. Financially independent, he went on to live a life virtually unimpeded by matters of fact, and Stevens was simultaneously intrigued and repulsed by this single-mindedness.

Stevens's career is marked throughout by a tension between forward-looking and backward-looking ideas, and, like Adams, he remained in some ways a product of the Cilded Age until his death. Stevens's participation in the last presidential election of the nineteenth century suggests how. " At the same time he longed to be free of his literary ambitions ("1 wish I wore no crown"), and a conversation he recorded in his journal reveals that he had dropped back to where he began, trapped in the illusionary space between the worlds within and without.

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