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There is something to be said for a man who can look deeply into his profession and define exactly what is that he does The deaths of many men have passed without a definition of their lives or a true understanding of what they do In his poem On Modern Poetry Wallace Stevens attempts to define his lifes work and his passion To a poet On Modern Poetry serves as both a guidebook and a wonderful example of what makes poetics an amazing art Stevens uses his talent to explain his talent taking the reader on a wonderful journey through the process of poem creation and through the human mind The aforementioned guidelines that Wallace details in On Modern Poetry are dead on and may have shaped the way that poems are created to this day He captured the true essence of poetics while allowing the reader to continue doing their job using their mind and their imagination Stevens weaves a visual path through the job description of a poem and leaves the reader wondering what is said and how to take it The journey of poem writing is a perplexing one especially in the area of method When Wallace Stevens opens On Modern Poetry with the line The poem of the mind in the act of findingWhat will suffice ll 1-2 He is detailing the struggle to find the right word the right scheme or the right time for change He then follows with It has not always hadTo find the scene was set it repeated whatWas in the script ll 2-4 This is in reference to change and the modernistimagist view of poetry in the past This could be taken as a derogatory comment to the simplicity and complacency of past poetry Regardless I tend to take it as a comment on the overall state of poetry a look at the past but a welcoming of the state of current poetry The first
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