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Wallace Stevens

What is the theme of "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock"?

The poem seems to be about loneliness and regret. The white nightgowns that "haunt" the houses refer to brides who do not inhabit these dwellings; the descriptive colors of the absent nightgowns...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2015 12:40 am UTC

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Wallace Stevens

Please help me understand "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock".

The emphasis upon color in this poem is unusual; rather than being descriptive of actual objects, the words denoting color instead seem to refer to fantasy or imagined images. The "white...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2015 12:34 am UTC

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Wallace Stevens

Please analyse the poem "Dry Loaf" by Wallace Stevens

In his poetry, one critic observes, Wallace Stevens ...suggests that we live in the tension between the shapes we take as the world acts upon us and the ideas of order that our imagination imposes...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2014 9:53 pm UTC

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Wallace Stevens

What is the tone of the poem "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" by Wallace Stevens?  

This is one of Wallace Stevens' best-known short poems. It is very evocative and the imagery is very unusual. It is understood to be a poem about death. The descriptions are very sensual and yet...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016 4:48 am UTC

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Wallace Stevens

Can you give me a concise analysis of "Bouquet of Roses in Sunlight" by Wallace Stevens?

"Bouquet of Roses in Sunlight" is a beautiful, simply written poem about metaphor, art, and how we see and interact with the world. If you peruse the eNotes analytical essay linked below, you'll...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019 1:01 am UTC

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How and why is Christianity relevant to the meanings of Wallace Stevens' poem "Sunday Morning"?

Christianity is an enormously important theme in Wallace Stevens' poem "Sunday Morning," as the very title of the poem implies. Christianity was the dominant religion of the culture in which...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2011 4:23 pm UTC

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Wallace Stevens

"The imperfect is our paradise." Paraphrase this quote and tell how it applies to modern life?

There are many ways in which to paraphrase this quotation. Let me give you a few variations. You can say something like "In the messiness of diversity, we can find solace." Or you can say something...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2011 12:37 pm UTC

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In Wallace Steven's poem, "The Emperor of Ice-Cream," who is the emperor of ice-cream?

This poem is about the death of an unnamed woman. It describes the funeral preparations that surround a death - the "wenches" prepare food (ice cream), the boys "bring in flowers", they prepare for...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2010 10:47 pm UTC

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Is Wallace Stevens’s definition of poetry in “Of Modern Poetry” the same now? Give an example of a contemporary piece...

Though, as with all literature, there are many possible interpretations of Stevens's "Of Modern Poetry," I would argue that the "formula" he presents for verse is intended as at least partly...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2018 3:52 am UTC

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Please analyse the poem' On the Manners of Addressing Clouds'? By Wallace, Stevens

When a reader attempts analysis of a poem, she must determine what is literal and what is non-literal meaning. One way to do this is to know some background on the poet and his tropes and preferred...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2014 4:46 am UTC

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