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The Emperor of Ice-Cream

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

“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. Narration The narration is...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2012 5:41 pm UTC

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The Emperor of Ice-Cream

I don't understand what this poem, "The Emperor of Ice-Cream," is about. 

This poem can be very confusing. With all difficult poems, we have to consider what might be suggested by symbols, images, odd words or phrases, and that such a poem might be interpreted in...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2014 11:24 pm UTC

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The Emperor of Ice-Cream

What does it mean to be “the Emperor of Ice-Cream”? Does his poem speak of death?

This poem is commonly interpreted as being spoken by a narrator shocked at how coarse life in the kitchen can coexist in the same house with death (the corpse of an old woman) in the parlor. Then...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2009 10:23 am UTC

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The Emperor of Ice-Cream

How can "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" be understood as advocating an appreciation for the "here and now"?

“The Emperor of Ice Cream” is a poem that can be read on several levels and is probably best understood as an existential commentary on the fleeting nature of life and so a testament to the...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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