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Published on Mar 20, 2012
In this informal talk and audio presentation, Professor Helen Vendler reflects on what did and did not draw her to Wallace Stevens when she first encountered his work in her twenties. She asks why Stevens, in his seventies, was drawn to a plainness of style not present in his first book, Harmonium (1923). Specific attention is paid to the following poems: "Bantams in Pine Woods," "To the One of Fictive Music," "Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour," and "Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself."
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at the Edison-Newman Room, Houghton Library, Harvard University.