Wallace Stevens Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Wallace Stevens Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Wallace Stevens frequently alludes to or quotes from the English Romantics in his letters and in his essays, and there is little doubt that this twentieth century poet is working within the Romantic tradition. The best evidence for the contention that he is a twentieth century Romantic, however, is his poetry. Repeatedly, one finds in his work the “reality-imagination complex,” as he calls it. While one can see the central beliefs of William Wordsworth and John Keats in Stevens’s poetry (celebration of nature, acceptance of mutability, rejection of supernatural realms, and belief in the brotherhood of man), the foundation of his Romanticism is his Wordsworthian imagination. The function of this imagination in Stevens’s...

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