THE NECESSARY ANGEL by Wallace Stevens

THE NECESSARY ANGEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A group of essays on the nature of poetry by the American poet, winner of the Bolligen and National Book Awards for 1951, for his Some of these essays which continue Mr. Steven's investigation of the relationship between reality and the imagination, have been given as lectures; others have appeared in such magazines as the and the Cognizant of the ""pressure of reality,"" which is strong enough to bring about ""the end of one era in the history of the imagination"", the poet redefines for our time the peculiar affinities and office of the poet who in an appreciation of the real, creates the unreal and gives to life ""the supreme fictions without which we are unable to conceive of it"". In essays on a poem of Marianne Moore, on philosophy and poetry painting and poetry and analogy, specific applications of Mr. Steven's hypothesis are discussed.

Publisher: Knopf