Harmonium Additional Summary

Wallace Stevens


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Bloom, Harold. Wallace Stevens: The Poems of Our Climate. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1977. Places Stevens’s work within the broader context of American poetry. Interprets Stevens in the light of Bloom’s theory of literature, which has an Aristotelian slant. Three full chapters are devoted exclusively to Harmonium.

Brogan, Jacqueline Vaught. The Violence Within / The Violence Without: Wallace Stevens and the Emergence of a Revolutionary Poetics. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003. Refutes the image of Stevens as an aesthete removed from the world whose poetry displays elements of sexism and racism. Traces three phases of Stevens’s poetic development, in which he used realism, discussed the future, and presented an “almost feminist” vision.

Cook, Eleanor. A Reader’s Guide to Wallace Stevens. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2007. Includes a chapter examining Harmonium, providing an introductory head note, annotations on difficult phrases and references, and an analysis of each poem. Includes a brief biography of Stevens and a detailed appendix on reading modern poetry.

Holander, Stefan. Wallace Stevens and the Realities of Poetic Language. New York: Routledge, 2008. Examines Stevens’s differing uses of language in his poetry. Focuses on the 1930’s, when his work expressed a need for...

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