The Complete Poems of Wallace Stevens cover

The Complete Poems of Wallace Stevens

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)

1. Anecdote of Canna
2. Anecdote of Men by the Thousand
3. Anecdote of the Jar
4. Another Weeping Woman
5. The Apostrophe to Vincentine
6. Autumn
7. Banal Sojourn
8. Bantam in Pine-Woods
9. The Bird with the Coppery Keen Claws
10. Bowl
11. Carnet de Voyage
12. Cortege for Rosenbloom
13. The Cuban Doctor
14. The Curtains in the House of the Metaphysician
15. Depression Before Spring
16. Disillusionment of Ten O’Clock
17. Domination of Black
18. Earthly Anecdote
19. The Emperor of Ice Cream
20. Explanation
21. Exposition of the Contents of a Cab
22. The Florist Wears Knee-Breeches
23. Frogs Eat Butterflies. Snakes Eat Frogs. Hogs Eat Snakes. Men Eat Hogs
24. From a Junk
25. From the Misey of Don Joost
26. Gray Room
27. Gubbinal
28. Hibiscus on the Sleeping Shores
29. Home Again
30. Hymn from the Watermelon Pavilion
31. In Battle
32. The Indigo Glass in the Grass
33. Infanta Marina
34. Invective Against Swans
35. Life Is Motion
36. The Load of Sugar-Cane
37. Lulu Gay
38. Meditation
39. O, Florida, Venereal Soil
40. Outside the Hospital
41. The Paltry Nude Starts on a Spring Voyage
42. Peter Quince at the Clavier
43. Phases
44. The Place of the Solitaires
45. Plowing on Sunday
46. The Snowman
47. Song – There Are Great Things Doing
48. Tattoo
49. Tea
50. Theory
51. Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
52. To the Roaring Wind
53. Valley Candle
54. The Wind Shifts

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A collection of Wallace Stevens poems written before 1923.Stevens trained to be a lawyer. Within eleven years after this series of poems were written, he was vice-president at the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company in Connecticut. He continued to pursue a quiet life of poetry and correspondence and for the remainder of his life he nurtured his contemplative habit of observation and writing as he walked from home to work and back again. Few at Hartford knew of his world acclaim as a poet. While his major work is considered to have been written when he was much older, many of these early poems are firm classics in the American poetic canon, including: “Anecdote of the Jar,” “The Emperor of Ice Cream,” “Peter Quince at the Clavier,” “Sunday Morning,” “The Snow Man,” “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” and many others. Stevens died of cancer in 1955, shortly after receiving that year’s Pulitzer Prize for poetry.These poems originally appeared in a variety of magazines (Others, Secession, Rogue, The Soil, The Modern School, Broom, Contact, The New Republic, The Measure, The Little Review, The Dial, and particularly in Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.) Nearly 70 of the 101 published poems were later collected in Steven’s first published collection of poems, HARMONIUM.