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ERIC Number: ED070080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Pages: 99
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The Absurd in Wallace Stevens' Poetry: A Method of Explicating Modern Poetry.
Silver, Roger H.
This study discusses the dualistic view of reality in Wallace Stevens' poetry. The author argues that reality for Stevens is divided between the physical world of objects and the spiritual world which is known through the imagination. External reality is illusive because man's perceptual senses are limited; man therefore has to depend on his imagination to interpret physical reality. Using an existentialist point of view, the author interprets Stevens' attempt to confront and find meaning in the absurdity of human existence. Rather than becoming cynical or even nihilistic, Stevens believes that illusion should be celebrated, not lamented, because it is a means of creating beauty. This optimism makes his achievement unique in the literature of the absurd. The author suggests that his study proposes to be instructive--both as a guide to interpreting Stevens' poetry and for the suggestions it may offer for further study of similar attitudes in other modern American poets. A bibliography is included. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University