Wallace Stevens Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What does Wallace Stevens mean by a “supreme fiction”? Do the formal divisions of the poem Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction offer any evidence?

How does the inclusion of lush sensory imagery in “Sunday Morning” assist Stevens in the development of his theme?

Several of Stevens’s poems entail the “idea of order.” Is “Anecdote of the Jar” such a poem? What does it say or imply about order?

Is “The Emporer of Ice Cream” a defense of hedonism?

Could the poem “Of Modern Poetry” have been as well titled “Of Poetry”?

Does Stevens’s poetry fall into any particular school or tradition of poetry?