Wallace Stevens' Interior Paramour as the Spirit of Place and the Source of the Sacred

Vaclava Vlazna

Abstract


Stevens' Interior Paramour is simultaneously the spirit of place and the source of the sacred. A spirit of which place? The promised land no less. The Final Soliloquy of the Interior Paramour opens with the word "Light." As the first word it has the stature of the revelatory Logos which illumines the promised land as "The world imagined," and that world, in itself, is the 'ne plus ultra', "the ultimate good."

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