Fictive Apocalypse in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens
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Within this study five poems of Wallace Stevens were analyzed in order to design the curriculum of a Literature class on the topic of apocalypse. The poems were analyzed using four criteria to determine if Stevens's poetry could be used as the literary resource to use in the curriculum. The four criteria were designed based on the theory of the literary fictions established in Kermode' s The Sense of an Ending, the same as on Stevens's The Necessary Angel. The former explains that an apocalyptic fiction describes reality in terms of decadence and terror for the idea of a coming end of humanity. The latter claims that poetry is a good resource to create such a fiction given that a poet has the capability of abstracting reality and transforming it through the imagination. In this way, a poet is capable of creating an ideal world that could exist after an event that would cause the end of the world. By doing so, poetry can provide people with a fiction that can help people bear the reality of an imminent end of life and end of time that never takes place. The results of the literary analysis of the poems allowed to design a curriculum of a Literature class on the topic of apocalypse in which Stevens's poetry is the literary resource to be studied.
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