Wallace Stevens

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United States poet (1879-1955)


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Thus "The Auroras of Autumn" follows the evening wind with the belief that whatever is imminent, however disastrous,
This poet feels obliged to enact a divestment even more radical than the divestment adumbrated by Stevens in the second section of "The Auroras of Autumn" and in "The Course of a Particular" and "The Plain Sense of Things." (Stevens teaches that pure divestment is impossible on this side of death; to stay human we must believe our caring matters.
In this, he will displease a number of the poet's academic advocates with heavy intellectual investments in work like The Auroras of Autumn, but the decision to move such overly monumental work to the sidelines is a defensible one, and Longenbach's critical warmth towards the last poems of Stevens's career ensures that this is no simple argument of artistic tailing-off.
National Book Awards were awarded for the following: fiction, The Collected Stories of William Faulkner; poetry, The Auroras of Autumn by Wallace Stevens; biography, Herman Melville by Newton Arvin.
Major man would have to remain an ideal, what Stevens called "the impossible possible philosophers' man" in his poem "Asides on the Oboe." In his next book of poems, The Auroras of Autumn (1950), he abandoned the hero but not the supreme fiction, which appears in several guises.
(1936), The Man with the Blue Guitar (1937), Parts of a World (1942), Notes toward a Supreme Fiction, Esthetique du Mal (1945), Three Academic Pieces (two poems and a prose address, 1947), Transport to Summer (1947), and The Auroras of Autumn (1950) -- show the progressive development of his poetic style.