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Mind of Winter: Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature
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Mind of Winter: Wallace Stevens, Meditation, and Literature (Paperback)

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Bevis addresses the most puzzling and least studied aspect of Wallace Stevens' poetry: detachment. Stevens' detachment, often associated by readers with asceticism, bareness, or withdrawal, is one of the distinguishing and pervasive characteristics of Stevens' poetic work. Bevis agues that this detachment is meditative and therefore experiential in origin. Moreover, the meditative Stevens of spare syntax and clear image is in constant tension with the romantic, imaginative Stevens of dazzling metaphors and exuberant flight. Indeed, for Bevis, Stevens is a poet not of imagination and reality, but of imagination and reality, but of imagination and meditation in relation to reality.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary reference worksLiterary companionsEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalFiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press Publication Date: 15/02/1989 ISBN-13: 9780822985112  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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William W. Bevis is emeritus professor of English at the University of Montana.

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