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Analysis and comments on The Poem That Took The Place Of A Mountain by Wallace Stevens

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Comment 5 of 82, added on September 28th, 2010 at 10:02 PM.

Trying to constrain a poet's writings into a fit or style is very
dangerous. Granted, poets do often write in congruent styles with similiar
structures and ideas, but who knows, maybe he just sat down and in pure
bliss of poetry, wrote this one. Maybe he wrote this poem as an expression
of what poets should convey in their work or maybe he wrote it as an
expression of one his own works. Until we ask him, we may never know.

Andrew from United States
Comment 4 of 82, added on February 19th, 2008 at 6:04 PM.

It's highly likely Stevens was thinking of Cezanne in this poem. It's
important to note that Stevens named Cezanne as one of his favorite
painters, and a key artistic forebear. It's a late homage (like "To an Old
Philosopher in Rome") that expressed his affinity & gratitude to his
lifelong teacher & influence.

Kevin Brady from United States
Comment 3 of 82, added on April 6th, 2005 at 9:16 PM.

But Stevens hates subjective thought! He wrote (and his goal in life was )
to see without bias, to be able to see things as they really were. if he
was a Romantic writer this would be in character, but being a modernist
this does not seem like him. And isn't "solitary" a lonely word with a
negative connotation?

juniper from United States

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Poet: Wallace Stevens
Poem: The Poem That Took The Place Of A Mountain
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: Oct 31 2008


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