The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

By Henry James

While Isabel Archer, a tender American lady with seems, wit, and mind's eye, arrives in Europe, she sees the area as 'a position of brightness, of loose expression, of impossible to resist action'.

She turns apart from suitors who supply her their wealth and devotion to persist with her personal course. yet that manner results in disillusionment and a destiny as constricted as 'a darkish slender alley with a useless wall on the end'.

In a end that's the most relocating in sleek fiction, Isabel makes her ultimate selection.

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This is the poet whose "moonlight / Fubbed the girandoles," whose "disaffected flagellants . . smacked their muzzy bellies," whose "silentious porpoises . . " 26 A number of Stevens's work colleagues, impressed by the clarity and directness of his legal writing, were amazed when they tried to read his poetry. " Here, for example, is Stevens expanding on a statement of poetic "realism," the thesis that "the accuracy of accurate letters is an accuracy with respect to the structure of reality":29 What the eye beholds may be the text of life.

23 She is a prop, and other characters in other poems are likewise props, or aspects of the poet himself, or archetypes such as the father or mother, the interior paramour, the spectre of the spheres, the necessary angel. The poems neither tell stories nor portray individuals distinct from the poet. The unpeopled character of Stevens's poetry is not unusual for lyric or meditative verse, which often takes as its subject the relation of one character, the poet, to one setting, the natural world.

True, personae flock through them, but whether fictional, historical, or taken from Stevens's acquaintanceship, they do not emerge as living characters. When a poem ends, "Goodbye, Mrs. 23 She is a prop, and other characters in other poems are likewise props, or aspects of the poet himself, or archetypes such as the father or mother, the interior paramour, the spectre of the spheres, the necessary angel. The poems neither tell stories nor portray individuals distinct from the poet. The unpeopled character of Stevens's poetry is not unusual for lyric or meditative verse, which often takes as its subject the relation of one character, the poet, to one setting, the natural world.

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