“Commingled souvenirs and prophecies”: the hybrid reality of Stevens’s Aesthetic Ecology of Mind

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William R. Lowry (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Hephzibah Roskelly

Abstract: Combining close readings that highlight structural techniques Wallace Stevens uses to lead readers to see the world through his imagination with historical/biographical information and scholarship that provides context for their production, publication and content, I study how Wallace Stevens's, "The Poems of Our Climate," "Dutch Graves in Bucks County," and "Examination of the Hero in a Time of War" rely on rhetorical/aesthetic strategies characteristic of hybridity to complete his subsumption of reality into the ecosystem of the imagination. The results of my investigation reveal Stevens's rhetorical/aesthetic use of the characteristics of hybridity allow him to use the failures and successes of tradition and both skepticism and faith in the positivist present as tools whereby he can fulfill his aim of having readers experience the ways these poems take form in his mind. In other words, with the aid of these hybrid rhetorical/aesthetic strategies, Stevens strives to pull off a feat of telepathy through the medium of poetry and recreate the images and questions about knowing he experiences in his own mind in the mind of readers.

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Language: English
Date: 2015
Dutch Graves in Bucks County, Ecology of Mind, Examination of the Hero in a Time of War, Hybridity, The Poems of our Climate, Wallace Stevens
Stevens, Wallace, $d 1879-1955. $t Poems. $k Selections $x Criticism and interpretation
American poetry $y 20th century $x History and criticism

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