It takes tremendous skill to master Imagist/Modernism poetry, yet many authors succeeded with this type of writing. Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, and Amy Lowell are three Imagist/Modernism poets that were extremely successful during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Wallace Stevens was by far one of the greatest poets of this time period. His purpose of writing was to, “become a light in the mind of others”. Stevens desperately wanted people to use their imaginations to push past what they saw in the physical world. Once of Wallace Stevens’ greatest works, “The Study of Two Pears”, is exactly what it sounds like; a study of two pears. The speaker of the poem observes two pears sitting on table. Most people would look at the table and simply see two pears. But when the speaker of the poem looks, he looks beyond the physical world and finds the true natural beauty that the pears actually represent.
In this poem, Wallace Stevens’ writing style helps the read interpret the poem and receive the message that the author is trying to convey.
The yellow glistens.
It glistens with various yellows,
Citrons, oranges and greens
Flowering over the skin (lines 17-20).
In the above excerpt, lies just one of the many clear, concise descriptions used by Wallace Stevens to create a picture for the reader. These descriptions help the reader to see the pears in a completely new perspective. The author also used several metaphors such as, “The shadows of the pears / Are blobs on the green cloth” (lines 21-22). The metaphors placed throughout the poem create a picture for the reader as the read the poem. These uses of poetic devices help the reader to see and feel the same as the speaker does.
The poet’s attitude and tone are also important in understanding the meaning of “The Study of Two Pears”. In the beginning of the poem, the speaker seems to be appreciative, and even inspired by these pears. For example, Stevens says,...