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    By Timothy Donnelly

    “I have the greatest dislike for explanations,” an emphatic Stevens once wrote to Ronald Lane Latimer, the pseudonymous editor of Alcestis Press, a small...

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    By Timothy Donnelly

    To repeat: Stevens’s “Man Carrying Thing” kicks off with a clear-cut statement about what a poem “must” do, i.e., “resist the intelligence / Almost successfully.” But...

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    By Timothy Donnelly

    Less than a decade after Stevens’s “Man Carrying Thing” first appeared in Yale Review, its first sentence had become so useful and succinct an...

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    By Timothy Donnelly

    After having wandered somewhat far from the discussion of quasi-unintelligibility in my last post I thought it might be a good idea to revisit...

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    By Timothy Donnelly

    I mentioned in my previous post that I would consider more closely Wallace Stevens’s “Man Carrying Thing” in my next post, and that means...

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    By Timothy Donnelly

    Seven years ago this month Helen Vendler published one of my favorite of her books, Poets Thinking. In particular I love its chapter on...

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