The Emperor of Ice-Cream
The Emperor of Ice-Cream Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Versions of Reality
"Seems," madam? Nay, it is; I know not "seems."Yes, this is a quote from Hamlet, but we know that Wallace Stevens was barking up a similar tree in "The Emperor of Ice-Cream." Yup—the conflict of...
This one is pretty clear. "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" takes place at a wake so we know that Stevens is working with questions of life and death. In the case of this poem, death represents a kind of...
This is a juicy one, not just because it's nestled in a bunch of delicious language in "The Emperor of Ice-Cream," but also because Stevens puts a different spin on the theme of power. Sure we see...
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