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Of Modern Poetry

Of Modern Poetry


by Wallace Stevens

Of Modern Poetry: Imagine all the People Quiz

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Q. What do the skating man, dancing woman, and combing woman represent at the end of the poem?

Modern poets
Examples of everyday things that readers might find meaningful
People who love to play and won't amount to anything
Wallace Stevens' only friends
Q. Who is the invisible audience in this poem?

The ghosts of dead poets
The perfect listeners
The poet's mother and father
Future readers of the modern poet's work
Q. Who are the "men of the time" and the "women of the time"?

People who transcend time
Normal folks living at a specific historical moment
People who own a lot of clocks
People who are trapped in their everyday routines and schedules
Q. According to Wallace Stevens' grammar, what does the "actor" figure symbolize?

The modern poet
The modern poem
The modern critic
The modern philosopher
Q. Who is "A metaphysician in the dark"?

The actor
The actor, which symbolically means the modern poem
The skating man
The blank page