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Of Modern Poetry

Of Modern Poetry

by Wallace Stevens

Of Modern Poetry: If You Build it, They May or May Not Come True or False

1. What does Stevens mean when he says that "the theatre was changed/ To something else"?Modern events changed the rules for what poetry needed to do
2. Why does modern poetry have to "construct a new stage"?Because modern events require it to help people in new ways
3. Why won't the old stage work anymore for modern poetry?Because old scripts and old beliefs don't comfort people anymore
4. What should the "invisible audience" of modern poetry be listening to?The true meaning behind words
5. What does the twanging instrument of line 21 represent?Stevens' own lack of talent

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