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

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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...

(The entire section contains 260 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on