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Single Idea 20454

[catalogued under 21. Aesthetics / B. Nature of Art / 8. The Arts / b. Poetry]

Full Idea

Wallace Stevens is the greatest philosophical poet of the twentieth century in the English language - full stop - in my humble opinion.

Gist of Idea

Wallace Stevens is the greatest philosophical poet of the twentieth century in English

Source

Simon Critchley (Impossible Objects: interviews [2012], 6)

A Reaction

I include this because I tend to agree, and love Stevens. Hear recordings of him reading. I once mentioned Stevens in a conversation with Ted Hughes, and he just shrugged and said Stevens 'wasn't much of a poet'. Wrong.

Book Reference

Critchley,Simon: 'Impossible Objects: interviews' [Politty 2012], p.100