Stevens and Auden: Antimythological Meetings

Olson, Liesl M.
September 2003
Wallace Stevens Journal;Fall2003, Vol. 27 Issue 2, p240
Academic Journal
Literary Criticism
The article discusses the relationship between the two poets, Wallace Stevens and W. H. Auden. Auden's short poem about Stevens and the other unmistakable references that each poet makes about the other are considered. Their appraisals of each other's work, and the way in which Auden's short poem makes its way into one of his most famous poems-raises issues central to both poets, the role of the imagination in poetry and in life, the civic and public demands placed upon the poets, and the relationship between poetry and historical conditions.


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