Winter 1948 • Vol. X No. 1 Book Reviews |

Stevens Revisited

Harmonium by Wallace Stevens. (New edition.) Knopf. $3.00 Transport to Summer by Wallace Stevens. Knopf. $3.00   Certainly one of the four most powerful catalysts of poetry between the two wars—along with The Waste Land, The Bridge, The Orators—is the first book of Wallace Stevens. Harmonium appeared in 1923. It has outlived most of its contemporaries, including much of the later poetry of its own author. Today it is more alive than ever, as an influence goading and inspiring countless younger poets. By re-issuing it in 1947, Knopf is meeting a true literary need and not, as in so many recent re-issues, a commercial need trumped up as a literary need. This reviewer cannot presume to re-interpret a book that has already become one of the most acutely analysed books of our time. All he can do is to ask himself simply and directly: what impression does the book leave on a member of its second generation of readers, and how does it look on re-reading after so much c

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