chapter  31
Harriet Monroe, on Stevens’ ‘serene acceptance’, from ‘He Plays the Present’,
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We do not need this poem to show us that Mr. Stevens is always aware of his world, but even this poem can not convince us that he will ever lose his delight in it. His mind delves deeper and rides higher than that of the ‘harmonious skeptic’ who is to write the ‘epic of disbelief. ’ His epic will always be one o f serene acceptance; it will present values that are immediate and yet timeless. Even a revolution, even communism or fascism, will never disturb the firm founda­ tions o f his philosophy, or blind him to the delicate perfections of beauty in a miracle-breeding world.