The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens

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Discuss the poem "The Emperor of Ice Cream" by Wallace Stevens.  

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The Emperor of Ice-Cream” by Wallace Stevens requires several readings to gain an understanding of the poet’s meaning. The poem is open for different interpretations.


The narration is second person point of view with an observer as the narrator. He appears to speak from an omniscient perspective and he uses imperative mood. He changes the point of view in the last sentence to third person.


The poem is written in two stanzas with each carrying a different perspective. Each stanza has eight lines.  The poem follows no specific pattern except that the last two lines of each stanza form a rhyming couplet.


The word choice in the poem reflects the theme of the poem.  He chooses words for the sensuality of the poem: concupiscent, wenches, muscular.  His connotation indicates that the wenches in the poem are prostitutes or minimally morally loose women.

The vocabulary used to describe the dead woman is not attractive and seems to say that fooling with someone who is...

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