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Ideas of Order Wallace Stevens did not publish his first book of poetry until the age of 44 and did not issue his second book Ideas of Order for over a decade This rare signed limited edition of that crucial work features his illuminating meditation on art—“The Idea of Order at Key West”—along with 32 additional poems each the sublime expression of a body of work praised by critics as “drenched with the life of his senses This vibrant fact forms the core of his exploration of the interplay between the mind and reality What gives his best work its astonishing power and vitality is the way in which a fixed point of view maturing naturally eventually takes in than a constantly shifting point of view could get at” New York Times Awarded the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry “no poet gives us to think about or greater reward for thinking” Chiasson New York Review of Books


10 thoughts on “Ideas of Order

  1. Illiterate Illiterate says:

    Stevens evokes the imagination as a source of forms and orders for an unalterably prosaic reality


  2. Justin Evans Justin Evans says:

    Wallace Stevens is one of the best poets not only of the twentieth century but ever when he's not being 'witty' which makes me think of the worst dad jokes dad can devise; and when he's not droning on about how the poet is some sort of mega prophet who will save us all from well he doesn't say what it saves us from but it is surely the pose most likely to induce eye rolling fever in a reader So about 5 10% of the time Stevens is really really great Check out Farewell to Florida Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz Waving Adieu Adieu Adieu The Idea of Order at Key West Botanist on Alp 1 2 Winter Bells Anglais Mort a Florence A Postcard from the Volcano and despite its eye roll inducing uotient Academic Discourse at Havana


  3. Descending Angel Descending Angel says:

    Stevens second collection of poetry contains 36 poems Highlights farewell to florida Ghosts as Cocoons Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz Waving Adieu Adieu Adieu The Idea of Order at Key West Evening Without Angels Re Statement of Romance Like Decorations in a Nigger Cemetery and A Postcard from the Volcano


  4. Lauren Lauren says:

    This collection left me speechless Favorite poems include “Waving Adieu Adieu Adieu” “Mozart 1935” “Botanist on Alp No 1” “Evening Without Angels” “Academic Discourse at Havana” and “Re Statement of Romance” Read in one sitting Could not put down for the life of me


  5. Mat Mat says:

    Mixed thoughts about this oneI'm new to the poetry of Wallace Stevens I wanted to check him out because I heard that he was an early influence on Robert Creeley There are some great poems in here some poems that have a few excellent lines or stanzas and then several poems which completely baffled me Had no idea what some of the poems meant and perhaps they didn't have any particular meaning but maybe just a certain 'music' that appealed to Stevens' own ear My favorite poems from this collection were Mozart 1935 and Re statement of RomanceI did find it interesting overall and I usually try to avoid overused adjectives like 'uniue' but I think it might apply in the case of Wallace Stevens as his poetry is unlike any other form I have encountered to date


  6. John John says:

    Ideas of Order is Wallace Stevens second book of poetry It contains his famous poem The Idea of Order at Key West As with his first book and probably in all his books the use of words is to be appreciated rather than finding a particular meaning or insight from them Though building upon the nothingness that The Snow Man started he does examine the issue of nothing of blending with the skies and stars of being there while not being there The act of reading is one such example that he likes to explore the reader becoming the book One of his best poems is in this book A Re Statement of Romance Which is amusing to some degree in a sardonic way The night knows nothing of the chants of the night It is what it is as I am what I amStevens as always is a poet to be enjoyed in small doses


  7. Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion says:

    4 and a half stars


  8. M M says:

    LA IDEA DE ORDEN EN CAYO HUESO Así nosotrosal contemplar las zancadas ue daba allá ella solasabíamos ue nunca hubo un mundo para ellaexcepto el ue cantaba y al cantar hacía Oh dichosa manía por el orden pálido Ramónmanía del artífice por ordenar palabras de la mar palabras de los fragantes portales tenuemente estrelladosy de nosotros de nuestros orígenesen más fantasmagóricas demarcaciones más nítidos sonidos MOZART 1935Podemos retornar a Mozart Él era joven y nosotros nosotros somos viejos Está cayendo nievey están las calles llenas de chillidosId y sentaos vos EL HOMBRE ATREVIDOEl sol ese atrevido hombre sale a través de ramas ue esperan al acecho ese atrevido hombreVerdes lúgubres ojosen las oscuras formas de la hierbasalen corriendoBuenas estrellas timones pálidos puntiagudas espuelassalen corriendoTes de mi lechotes de la vidates de la muerte salen corriendoEse atrevido hombre va saliendode abajo y anda sin meditación ese atrevido hombre UN ATENUARSE DEL SOL¿uién va a pensar en las ataviantes nubes de solcuando toda la gente tiemblao en la enlumbrada noche orgullosa cuando la gente se despierta y grita y grita pidiendo auxilio? La antigüedad templada del yo todo el mundo se enfría de repenteMalo el té triste el pan ¿Cómo es posible ue el mundo tan viejo esté tan malue se muera la gente? Si puede el gozo pasar sin un libromiente y estando ella dentro de sí mismasi la gente miradentro de sí misma y no grita pidiendo auxiliodentro como pilares del solsoportes de la noche El téel vino es bueno El panla carne es un placerY ya no morirá la gente REITERACIÓN DEL ROMANCENinguna cosa sabe la noche de los cantos de la noche Ella es lo ue es así como yo soy lo ue soyy percibiendo esto mejor percibo yo mi sery el tuyo Solamente nosotros dos podemos intercambiarcada uno en el otro eso ue tiene cada uno ue darSolamente nosotros dos somos uno no tú y la nochela noche y yo tampoco sino tú y yo solostan solos tan profundamente a solas con nuestros serestan lejos tan apartados de las fortuitas soledadesue es la noche solamente el trasfondo de nuestros seressupremamente veraz cada uno con su superado ser a la pálida luz ue arroja cada uno sobre el otro


  9. Eduardo Iriarte Eduardo Iriarte says:

    Hay épocas en las ue resulta más necesario ue nunca leer poesía Stevens consigue ya desde el título obrar el milagro de mitigar el caos reinate y hacer más llevadera la realidad Excelente libro en una excelente traducción al castellano de Daniel Aguirre


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