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Elite Literary Book Group Presents Poetry Focus

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The Elite Literary Book Group is dedicated to helping students and teachers and readers to re-encounter the wisdom of literature and find meaningful ways to integrate that encounter into their lives. The Poetry Focus podcast presents poems along with a particular focus point for readers to begin an … read more

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Poetry Focus #13: Title and Wallace Steven's "The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

The title of a poem is often the first place to start when looking for a clue as to how approach a poem. In today's episode, Wallace Stevens offers us a curious juxtaposition with his title "The Emperor or Ice-cream." Just piecing together the connotative possibilities of these two key words placed against one another, leads us to understand that there is a bit of deception going on. The poem does not disappoint, and while it incorporates many poetic elements which could be examined, simply starting with the title and spring-boarding into how it helps to suggest a variety of possibilities is as good a place as any to begin. For a copy of the poem as well as other resources related to the study of literature and writing, please visit our website at

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