By B. J. Leggett
“If one now not believes in God (as truth),” Wallace Stevens as soon as wrote, “it isn't attainable in simple terms to disbelieve; it turns into essential to think in whatever else. . . . I say that one's ultimate trust has to be in a fiction.” Stevens addressed the idea that of a "supreme fiction" all through a lot of his profession, yet many critics think that his poems by no means learned that idea past a theoretical hazard. B. J. Leggett argues that Stevens did certainly in achieving the ideal fiction in his usually missed past due poems. To proportion within the poet's imaginative and prescient, notwithstanding, Leggett unearths that readers needs to comprehend the creative intertext that runs via this culminating physique of work.
After 3 volumes of inauspicious and summary poetry, Stevens within the final 5 years of his existence reverted to a method that's refreshingly own and obtainable. Leggett offers shut exam to The Rock, that's the ultimate part of Stevens's gathered Poems, and to the uncollected poems released as Opus Posthumous, offering readers with the motifs, conventions, texts, and fictions—or intertext—on which those works' value relies. He finally exhibits that there's a type of grasp narrative in Stevens's overdue poems, one who isn't constantly explicitly current yet that's in line with the ideally suited fiction. it's the following that Stevens provides shape to his belief.
Leggett strains the advance of this fiction and demonstrates how wisdom of its presence dramatically alterations the interpreting of key poems. His dialogue of Schopenhauer's impact on Stevens, including wealthy analyses of significant poems, demanding situations to standard interpretations, and hypothesis at the path Stevens's poetry may have taken had he lived longer, all make for provocative analyzing. past due Stevens is a booklet for a person who inspiration they knew this poet.
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