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

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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 there is a formality and coldness about them. The ice cream of the title is mentioned not only in the phrase "the emperor of ice-cream," but also in the opening lines, "Call the roller of big cigars, the muscular one, and bid him whip in kitchen cups concupiscent curds." The image suggests a muscular...

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