Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

William McMahon, Frank Steele, Will Fridy

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This study will deal with such existential elements in Stevens' poetry. The poetry will be treated in three main divisions: the early period of Harmonium (1923); the middle period of The Man With the Blue Guitar (1936), Ideas of Order (1937), and Parts of a World (1942); and the late period of Transport to Summer (1947) and Auroras of Autumn (1950). Two introductory chapters will precede the actual study of the poetry; one is a chapter on existentialism as it is expounded by Sartre and Camus, and the other is a description of the existential bias in Stevens' mind, in terms of the ideas of Sartre and Camus. A brief conclusion will summarize the discoveries made about Stevens as an existential poet.


Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America | Poetry