Shvets A.V. Thought as an Experience in Wallace Stevens’ Poetry: Algorithm and Language Game (the Poem «The Plain Sense of Things»)
This paper explores the poetics of Wallace Stevens’ later poetry as illustrated by the poem «The Plain Sense of Things» (1952). The author focuses on an alternative mode of thinking opened up by the poem, in which the poetic utterance transforms and is transformed by the process of meditation. This meditation, as the paper suggests, is enabled by the tension between speech genre patterns and semantic lacunae, sources of communicative indeterminacy that require an imaginative response on the part of the reader. This thesis is backed up by the examples both from the original text and the translations. In conclusion, the author argues that in Stevens’ poetry «thought is made flesh», i.e. thought is transferred to the dimension of lived experience.
American modernism, avant-garde poetics, Wallace Stevens, poetry and philosophy