Wallace Stevens

If you look at anything Wallace Stevens ever wrote, you will see that this is his favorite mode - write something fraught with meaning but open enough to allow multiple readings. I love Stevens for this, and in fact I've written several different perspectives on his "Anecdote of the Jar" and "The Emperor of Ice Cream," all of which are "correct" according to a close reading of the poem. However, in a persuasive essay, a writer MUST pick a stance and stick with it. To turn an essay in that says "This poem is about making you think" would result in a great big C from almost any instructor.


  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

Check out Gangster Politics Montreal.