Sunday, May 08, 2016

The last Transcendentalist …

 The Single Artificer | The Hudson Review. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… while the critical analysis of Stevens’ poems can get very tedious very fast, the poems themselves never feel repetitious, because they are, quite simply, magical. He repeatedly takes on the same topics, but each time he approaches them from a somewhat different direction, his language always masterfully fresh, his ideas consistently articulated in magnificently new and vivid ways, his argument about the supremacy of imagination invariably expressed by means of striking images drawn from the real, concrete world.
I have long thought the Stevens is best explained as a descendant of Emerson who was a fan of Santayana.

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