In the Orchards of the Imagination

Schwartz, Delmore
November 1954
New Republic;11/1/54, Vol. 131 Issue 18, p16
The article critically appraises the poem "Collected Poems," by Wallace Stevens. The poem is a serious meditation on the nature of love. When the middleaged protagonist character describes himself and his wife as "Two golden gourds distended on our vines . . . We hang like warty squashes, streaked and rayed," the mocking ironic grotesqueness is necessary to bring one to the condusion, the delicate statement of the difficult belief that love makes human beings important and unique, no matter how they look in middle age or at any other time.


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