Winter 1943 • Vol. V No. 1 Book Reviews |

There Is a War That Never Ends

Parts of the World by Wallace Stevens. Knopf. $2.00. Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction by Wallace Stevens. Cummington Press. $3.00. Wallace Stevens protects himself so well against profanation that one does not instantly see the force of what he is saying, but with discernment focused, the effect is startling; and it is a happy circumstance that we have Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction not long after Parts of a World, for they are inseparably interrelated roots of the same tree. Mr. Stevens has chosen "clouds for pedagogues." His "imagination's Latin"—compounded "of speech, paint, and music"—enables us to "see the sun" "with an ignorant eye," "as a voluminous master folded in his fire," "washed in the remotest cleanliness of a heaven that has expelled us and our images." It is "As if the waves at last were never broken,/As if the language suddenly, with ease,/Said things it had laboriously spoken."/"Logos and logic . . . and every latent double in the word," bring "the stron

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Marianne Moore published multiple books of poetry. She won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Bollingen Prize. Her poems appeared in the Nation, the New Republic, Partisan Review, and the New Yorker.

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