Wallace Stevens | Literature Criticism Harold Bloom

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Wallace Stevens.
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Harold Bloom

SOURCE: "Death and the Native Strain in American Poetry," in Social Research, Vol. 39, No. 3, Autumn, 1972, pp. 449-62.

In the following essay, Bloom selects a representative poem from both Wallace Stevens and W. B. Yeats in order to contrast American and British poetic conceptions of death, and observes that the former is generally more solipsistic than the latter.

Shall we be found hanging in the trees next
spring?
Of what disaster is this the imminence:
Bare limbs, bare trees and a wind as sharp as salt?
The stars are putting on their glittering belts,
They throw around their shoulders cloaks that  flash
Like a great shadow's last embellishment.
It may come tomorrow in the simplest word,
Almost as part of innocence, almost,
Almost as the tenderest and the truest part.

This is Wallace Stevens in expectation of an imminent death...

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