Wallace Stevens: A Dual Life as Poet and Insurance Executive. Jim Powers was another friend from the world of insurance. Stevens was indeed able to devote the end of his day to personal activities like writing poetry. Everyone feels this when first confronted by himself and by the enormous complication of the world. When he arrived at the office, he would organize his notes, keeping them in his lower right-hand desk drawer, which was always slightly ajar. His Collected Poems was published in 1954, just a year before his death.
Our business goal is to increase the number of supporters to 2,000. Can you single it out, or must you let it decide in you for itself? In Hartford I'm known as a businessman. Even at age seventy-one he could join very actively in an anniversary party the company held in New York for one of its top executives. In her exploration of the psychology of this very private poet, Johnson delves into his great disappointment in the woman he married, examining three bitter poems he wrote about their failed relationship, poems he chose not to include in his books of poetry. That December he wrote to Latimer that he had ascended to his chilly attic in earmuffs and a blanket to see what poems he might have stored there. Smith would whistle Wagner as the two men walked.
To make this documentary, Johnson, a resident of the Brunswick area, teamed up with cinematographer Richard Startzman of Santa Fe, who films the Santa Fe opera. But you have to pretend that they do. This biography offers extensive insight into the creative processes of this prolific poet, who jotted down ideas and phrases for many of his poems as he walked the two-mile route between his home and his office in downtown Hartford. Two months after his birthday, Stevens wrote a passage in a letter to Peter Lee that shows how much he was suddenly feeling his age: Perhaps I have already said that the process of growing old accelerates the longer it continues, so that one seems to grow old faster today than one did yesterday. They suffer in a state of ambivalence, seeing themselves as torn between an emerging global consciousness and as personally and culturally rooted in clearly defined localities. None of the furniture that remains is vintage Stevens, but a biography of his life has been casually placed on an enclosed cast-iron radiator in a first-floor sitting room, a nod to the home's provenance. Certainly he deserved something better than this absolutely common-place, bare, silly service.
He did not eat lunch during these years because he was concerned about his weight. My mind is not ordinarily as lamentable as some of these poems suggest. On the other hand I do not want to have to make a petty struggle for existence—physical or literary. But, then, if I had been more determined about it, I might now be looking back not with a mere sense of regret but at some actual devastation. If that does not pan out well, I am resolved to knock about the country—the world. I know that I am much slower than I was, not so much at the office as at home. Life is so much larger and more continued than it ever can be for people who break it up into incidents.
Everybody is looking at everybody else—a foolish crowd walking on mirrors. Excerpt from Chapter 15 Living with a Failed Marriage. He walked to and from work every day, a distance of two miles each way. One appreciation by Trinity College Assistant Professor Samuel F. Stevens composed poetry not only on his walks to and from the office but also on walks over the noon-hour. Find out where is server located. Stevens continued to devote his full energies to his work at the Hartford until his last illness.
Biographer Alison Johnson succeeds in presenting a well-rounded and believable portrait of a man whose poetry, as he had so fervently desired, gives pleasure to the world. Wallace Stevens - A Dual Life as Poet and Insurance. After working a little while, he would give a poetry manuscript to his secretary, Mrs. Frankel, brilliantly, has done no less with this superb book. Excerpt from Chapter 20 Life Winding Down. It seems to me to be the only way, directed as I am more or less strongly by the hopes and desires of my parents and myself, of realizing to the last degree any of the ambitions I have formed.
When I went home in the evening it used to be the beginning of my own day, that is to say, there were so many things that I wanted to look up, so many books to read, so many things to do. Because of the great difference in age between Wallace Stevens and Peter Lee, the young Korean liked to refer to the older poet as his grandfather. In her exploration of the psychology of this private poet, Johnson delves into his great disappointment in the woman he married, examining three bitter poems he wrote about their failed relationship, poems he chose not to include in his books of poetry. The household had a tough time keeping domestic help because Elsie Stevens was difficult to please, Johnson said, noting that the couple's relationship was strained for much of the marriage. In fact, we are told that 'the category of the Irish nation' is 'tenuous and unstable. He felt very close to Jim, and Jim absolutely idolized him. The chapter on Eliot tells us that he too has a penchant for contradicting himself, thinking he is one thing when it's clear he's something else, and an unconscious proclivity for self-delusion that takes truly 'dizzying forms.
Writing poetry is a conscious activity. We are grateful to those of you who participate in our supporter program. I can only decline your invitation with the greatest regret. War unfurls more worrying dimensions of meaning than simple mayhem and gore. In her exploration of the psychology of this private poet, Johnson delves into his great disappointment in the woman he married, examining three bitter poems he wrote about their failed relationship, poems he chose not to include in his books of poetry. His poems reflect his efforts to resolve his conflicted prudery, and cope with his sexual frustration 181. We work to keep you informed about life on the Midcoast through award-winning journalism, business postings, an up-to-date calendar and plenty of reasonable and feisty opinions.