Wallace Stevens "The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

            "The emperor of Ice-Cream” written by Wallace Stevens in 1923, is a poem of and happiness. Stevens brings all of these to life through his use of diction and selection of detail.

             For the most part, this poem is very literal and straightforward, telling the reader directly what is going on within the scene. Only three lines could be considered figurative. The piece revolves around "the muscular one,” the one who makes the ice cream. They speak of the man as one of strength, who fills their cups with "concupisent curds.” The diction used here by Stevens, alludes to the strong desire, ual in a way, towards the ice cream. When Steven tells of the cups filled with "concupisent curds,” he speaks of cups filled with " ” ice cream. Stevens speaks of the "wenches” and "flowers in last months newspapers.” For this time and period, a "wench” was known as a . He speaks of them at the event in dresses "they are used to wear.” this gives us knowledge that the company is not formal or rich but there for support never the less. Stevens's ploy is furthered even more by speaking of the flowers wrapped "in last months newspapers,” as if there was nothing better they could afford. The following line is the first figurative line in the passage, "Let be be finale of seem.” At first, Stevens's choice of diction brings many questions on word choice and detail. But by referring to what we already know, we can conclude that Steven infers that the company in the scene is releasing and just letting this be the end, "Let be” the end of this life, "Let be” the final goodbye.

             "Emperor,” it's a very clever choice of diction that Steven uses. Instead of using dictator or ruler, he chooses "Emperor.” He does this wisely to show a positive side. Unlike dictator or ruler, "Emperor” has a positive connotation that is even further emphasized when used with the positive word of "Ice cream.

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