In the midst of chaos and destruction, Modernism brought a wave of surmounting opposition against the constructions of literary (and non-literary) art forms. Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) is just one example of the resistance to traditional forms as well as opposition to fatalistic worldviews of the time. Pieces like "Sunday Morning" and "The High-Toned Old Christian Woman" show a "godless universe" that is substituted by art and the mundane movements of everyday life. Stevens finds such replacements by exploring the "nature of poetry" and by extension refocusing the meaning of death in a life surrounded by it.
"Wallace Stevens and The Meaning of Poetry,"
Locus: The Seton Hall Journal of Undergraduate Research: Vol. 3
, Article 9.
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