Nature in Wallace Stevens “Sunday Morning” Essay
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Edwards entitled which came into Wallace's hands resulted in his suggesting to his friend Bates that they set themselves up as professional collectors of Natural History specimens to supply the needs of institutions and gentlemen naturalists.
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By that means I am strongly of opinion that some definite results might be arrived at." And he further alludes to "my favourite subject - the variations, arrangements, distribution, etc., of species."Wallace had read Charles Darwin's book about the Voyage of the Beagle and his admiration for the adventures and the observations of natural phenomena that Darwin wrote about as having occured during the Beagle voyage and also those related in a book by William H.
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Wallace Stevens has high expectations of in the brief excerpt herewith. But the rewards of meeting his expectations are indelible and (fortunately for us) inexhaustible:
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She is less generous with regard to John Berryman, but no less revealing. In response to new editions of his Selected Poems, The Dream Songs, and Sonnets, all issued to commemorate his centenary, she makes it plain that The Dream Songs alone are his major accomplishment and their Shakespearean triumph is "to perform tragedy and comedy simultaneously." It is hard to argue that we would be reading Berryman today without The Dream Songs. But Vendler shows her own prejudice against any poetry, since George Herbert's, which attempts to express a relationship with God. Referring to the devotional poems that form a part of Love & Fame and Delusions, Etc., his post Dream Song collections, she states that they fall short of "the subtle and fine-grained Herbert." Though this is probably true of any devotional poetry after Herbert, still Vendler rubs it in: "Berryman's life as a poet ends unhappily in bathos and aesthetic uncertainty, awkwardly imitating devotional predecessors at the close just as he had awkwardly imitated predecessor-poets at the beginning." Even Berryman's first great accomplishment as a poet, "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet," she finds to be "stiff' and "willed," an "historical pastiche." These are not uncommon opinions, though I do not think they are shared by genuine lovers of the poet. But Vendler must make it clear that The Dream Songs alone are of value. There is a telling moment when she misquotes one of the greatest of them, number 29. (She also refers to the page numbers of The Dream Songs, rather than their sequential numbers, which is confusing.) Referring to the opening of the poem, "There sat down, once, a thing on Henry's heart / só heavy," she writes, "There sat down once on Henry's heart a thing / só heavy." Leaving out the commas around "once" and inverting the word order is not a small error and apparently not merely a typo, though it would not be the first time a reviewer or critic relied too much on his or her memory. Following shortly after, in her conclusion, she singles out the Dream Song entitled "So Long? Stevens" (number 219) and zeroes in on Henry's sense of her master, Wallace Stevens: " ... something ... something ... not there in his flourishing art." Although Henry, Berryman's persona, ends by suggesting that his own judgment "sticks / in [his] throat" and that Stevens was "better than us; less wide," Berryman has made an error for which he will not be forgiven. Vendler notes that "Berryman knows very well the cost of relinquishing a Stevensian stoicism in favor of the world's broad social comedy ... " He has flouted "Stevensian sublimity." And his punishment? To have his masterpiece The Dream Songs referred to as "flawed" though "infinitely quotable."