Anca PEIU, "After the final no": The world of Wallace Stevens


"It is the mundo of the imagination in which the imaginative man delights and not the gaunt world of reason. The pleasure is the pleasure of powers that create a truth that cannot be arrived at by the reason alone, a truth that the poet recognizes by sensation."[1]

What I hope to achieve here is - if no adequate map to the Stevensian mundo, which could only be provided by something like a "Description without Place" - at least something like two (or three) points of the compass, in tune with the poet's "Two or Three Ideas"[2]. Therefore I shall rely on two of the poet's lectures which we have come to know as essays: "The Irrational Element in Poetry"[3] and "Two or Three Ideas".


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