The Collected Poems by Wallace Stevens

The Collected Poems

This definitive poetry collection, originally published in 1954 to honor Stevens on his 75th birthday, contains:- "Harmonium"- "Ideas of Order"- "The Man With the Blue Guitar"- "Parts of the World"- "Transport Summer"- "The Auroras of Autumn"- "The Rock"

Details The Collected Poems

TitleThe Collected Poems
Release DateFeb 19th, 1990
GenrePoetry, Classics, Literature, American

Reviews The Collected Poems

  • Sarah Etter
    i fell in love with two men in my undergrad senior seminar. it was on wallace stevens and t.s. eliot. the way i loved both of these writers hurt. (i'll set eliot aside for another time). stevens kills me when he uses very innocent symbols - making ice cream, in "the emperor of ice cream", for instance - to offset the tragedy that's occurring. front-loaded with the promise of the sugar stuff, it seems like the poem will go somewhere happy, maybe t...
  • Jonathan
    Autumn RefrainThe skreak and skritter of evening goneAnd grackles gone and sorrows of the sun,The sorrows of sun, too, gone . . . the moon and moon,The yellow moon of words about the nightingaleIn measureless measures, not a bird for meBut the name of a bird and the name of a nameless airI have never -- shall never hear. And yet beneathThe stillness of everything gone, and being still,Being and sitting still, something resides,Some skreaking and ...
  • David M
    In my life no poet has meant more to me than Wallace Stevens. It took years of blinking incomprehension before I really found an entry point (actually, I highly recommend the wikipedia page for Harmonium, a great introduction). He doesn't make things too easy, and yet once he opens up to you you can practically make your home inside his oeuvre. An immensely generous poet, Stevens teaches you how to be alone, a lesson it's necessary to learn and r...
  • notgettingenough
    For Easter. A friend told me this is maybe the best poem in the English language, quoting bits of it as we were driving along. Had to look it up. Here it is.Wallace Stevens (1879-1955)Sunday Morning 1Complacencies of the peignoir, and lateCoffee and oranges in a sunny chair,And the green freedom of a cockatooUpon a rug mingle to dissipateThe holy hush of ancient sacrifice.She dreams a little, and she feels the darkEncroachment of that old catastr...
  • Katherine (
    This is the type of book I read at 3 am when I can't sleep. Stevens' poetry just makes me feel so calm, even though the content in his poetry is not in fact anywhere near the realms of calm. Overall, I would say, the content is hard-hitting. I'm not going to pretend I understand all of his ideas and everything he says- I definitely don't. A lot of these poems leave me feeling like an idiot. But when I am able to figure something out, it all start...
  • Sarah
    This book of poetry combines an earthy sensibility coupled with a philosophical speculation that appeals to me. My favorite book of poetry.
  • Joseph Shuffield
    Stevens wrote poetry like a jeweler cuts diamonds; his language is musical to the ear and prismatic in the mind's eye. He often writes about the power of art--specifically poetry--to transform Reality. She sang beyond the genius of the sea . . . It was her voice that madeThe sky acutest at its vanishing.....She was the single artificer of the worldIn which she sang. And when she sang, the sea,Whatever self it had, became the self That was her son...
  • eliza
    very fond of the harmonium and ideas of order collections. some particular favorites: "another weeping woman""from the misery of don joost""the worms at heaven's gate""anecdote of men by the thousand""of the surface of things" "the place of the solitaires" "the curtains in the house of the metaphysician" "six significant landscapes" "tattoo" "the wind shifts" "farewell to florida" "the idea of order at key west" "anglais mort à florence"
  • Simon Robs
    From pt. V of his poem "Things of August" - 'The thinker as reader reads what has been written.He wears the words he reads to look uponWithin his being,A crown within him of crispest diamonds.A reddened garment falling to his feet,A hand of light to turn the page,A finger with a ring to guide his eyeFrom line to line, as we lie on the grass and listenTo that which has no speech,The voluble intentions of the symbols,The ghostly celebrations of the...
  • Chris
    Another wonderful, mostly opaque, poet. But I thoroughly enjoyed what I could understand. Stevens has a very strong philosophical bent, and his overtly humanistic stance celebrates in such bold and beautiful language the gift that every moment of life is with or without an eternal assurance. He wrote in his book Opus Posthumous, “After one has abandoned a belief in God, poetry is that essence which takes its place as life’s redemption." Many ...
  • Jeff Crompton
    I'm marking this book as "read," although I'm not sure I've read every poem. This is certainly not a book which can be read cover-to-cover in a few sittings, at least not by someone of my intellect. I fell in love with Stevens' famous "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" during my freshman year in college. The images were striking and beautiful, even though I didn't understand what the poem was about. But the mystery was part of the appeal. ...
  • CandyStripedBlue
    "He wanted his heart to stop beatingAnd his mind to rest in a permanent realization"I feel that as a poet Stevens always seems to be speaking directly to you. I've rarely encountered the first-person voice in his work. It's as though he has devised these poems from a place of deepest and most personal significance, and they are completed now for none other than you. His poetic voice declares and justifies its own authority -- the language is craf...
  • Grey853
    Wallace Steven is probably my favorite modern poet. His imagery, style, subject matter all catch me off guard, and that's something a good poet should do. One poem to share would be "The Snow Man".One must have a mind of winterTo regard the frost and the boughsOf the pine-trees crusted with snow,And have been cold a long timeTo behold the junipers shagged with ice,The spruces rough in the distant glitterOf the January sun; and not to thinkOf any ...
  • John
    I have been trying for years to get into Stevens. Finally did and he is well worth the effort. If you have tried and "put it back on the shelf" as I did, read his small book of essays "The Necessary Angel" and Helen Vendler's "Words Chosen Out of Desire". They helped me see what he was all about.Wallace Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar" (excerpts) I The man bent over his guitar, A shearsman of sorts. The day was green. They said, "You have ...
  • Rhonda
    Superb poetry from an extremely unlikely source. I think I read this after it was mentioned in Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion. This book deserves a finer commentary when I have time to consider at the moment, but I was astounded by the impression which he made on my first reading: it was simply like another world had opened up before me... and the one in which I had been living became a mere shell of reality. It was one of those fearful mom...
  • Albert
    I am re-reading this now. It's a bit wordy, but full of an elegant, Godly style. In the reading, I am among Greeks -- gods and ephebes --, strange flowers, outdated seraphs, the vulgate, Ozymandias, and constantly, the Poet struggling between two states to find a "Supreme Fiction."Maybe it should be four stars?? No. There's too much in here.
  • Maureen
    Wallace Stevens. Read him. Now.
  • Lois
    I understand more each time I read these poems.
  • John
    As always with Wallace Stevens, poems to savor and enjoy over a lifetime. It's impossible to say I have "read" the poems, as in completed this edition; rather, it is poems to be read over and over for their vivid language and unique beauty. I prefer his shorter poems and find most of my favorites in his first book, Harmonium. For his longer and later poems, it is "authentic difficulty" as Harold Bloom would say. In all, his poems are like strolli...
  • Martin Bihl
    First, about the volume. at over 500 pages, this feels like it must be a fairly comprehensive overview of Stevens' work. All of the famous poems are here, and, for reasons I don't understand, some minor poems are omitted. So if you are new to Stevens or looking for an introduction to him, this is a good place to start.That said, there are no notes whatsoever, not even an introduction to give Stevens' work some context. That seems a regrettable ov...
  • E.
    I was not familiar with Stevens work until reading Harold Bloom's discussion and presentation of some of his poems in Bloom's anthology of the best English language poems. I loved what I read there and quickly put Stevens on my list. Every time I was in a used bookstore, I looked for a collection of his works until I found one.So, this has been my morning poetry reading for a year and a half as I worked my way through the thick volume of his coll...
  • J. Keck
    I came across this book on one of my stays at the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Newport, Oregon. Many a thank you to the extraordinary genius of the owner, who engaged her literary friends to adopt a room and decorate it in the imagined style of their favorite author and to include the books of said author. Included in the rooms were personal entries in the volumes of diaries that stretched back many years. The entries ranged from the joy of an experienc...
  • Andrew
    The Emperor of Ice CreamCall the roller of big cigars,The muscular one, and bid him whipIn kitchen cups concupiscent curds.Let the wenches dawdle in such dressAs they are used to wear, and let the boysBring flowers in last month's newspapers.Let be be finale of seem.The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.Take from the dresser of deal,Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheetOn which she embroidered fantails onceAnd spread it so as to cover ...