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Originally published in 1968. In The Dome and the Rock: Structure in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens, James Baird traces the process of Wallace Steven's Grand Poem and the total structure that it accomplished in language. In the words of Professor Baird, "The full art of Stevens is organized with architectural precision. The shape of the mind becomes a building, the framework of which is founded in a willed symmetry of design." In The Dome and the Rock, James Baird exposes the capacity of Wallace Stevens to design his poetry in a manner similar to an architect, and he "reveals the craftsmanship of [Wallace's] acts as builder."

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  1. Cover
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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Half Title
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Authorsnote
  2. p. vii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Grand Poem
  2. pp. xi-xxxi
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  1. I. The Shaper
  1. 1. Architecture
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 2. Adjacent Structures: English and French Antecedents
  2. pp. 23-56
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  1. 3. Stevens in the American Grain
  2. pp. 59-77
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  1. 4. The Passion for Design
  2. pp. 79-90
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  1. 5. Poetic Geometry: The Arc
  2. pp. 91-103
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  1. II: The Elements of Sight
  1. 6. The Sun
  2. pp. 107-117
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  1. 7. Light
  2. pp. 119-128
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  1. 8. The Eye
  2. pp. 129-135
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  1. III: The Crafting of the Dome
  1. 9. The Setting
  2. pp. 139-150
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  1. 10. Wing and Claw: Symbols of the Imagination
  2. pp. 151-166
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  1. 11. The Painter: Encounters of the Eye
  2. pp. 167-191
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  1. 12. The Comedian: Masques and Festivals
  2. pp. 193-216
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  1. 13. The Mythological Canon: Ritual Presences
  2. pp. 217-230
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  1. 14. American Place: Of Land-Made Men
  2. pp. 231-242
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  1. 15. Society: Transitions in the American Community
  2. pp. 243-263
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  1. 16. Existence: The Difficulty of Being
  2. pp. 265-277
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  1. 17. The Hero: Aspects of the Supreme Fiction
  2. pp. 279-287
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  1. 18. In the Northern Quarter: The Descent to the Rock
  2. pp. 289-299
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  1. 19. The Chapel of Wind and Weather: The Poet as Priest
  2. pp. 301-311
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  1. IV: Afterword
  1. 20. The Poet in His Time
  2. pp. 315-324
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  1. Title Index
  2. pp. 325-330
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  1. Subject Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421436999
Related ISBN
9781421436982
MARC Record
OCLC
1133205772
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-10
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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