Critique of The Emperor of Ice-Cream

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Critique of The Emperor of Ice-Cream At the heart of Stevens’s poem is the harsh and unpalatable experiences revealed only gradually through his intense stylization. Wallace Stevens, author of The Emperor of Ice-Cream, plots his story into two stanzas: one for the kitchen where the ice cream is being made, one for the bedroom where the corpse awaits decent covering. The author chose to unveil his sordid character and share his view of life in this sadistic diction. There is an illusion of referring to something, a belief that is carefully crafted in his choice of wordplay, even in the title The Emperor of Ice-Cream. The first line is masculine all in itself, “Call the roller of big cigars”. You may think of a large muscular man Continue...


Kitchen cups are all they had as they did not have the sugar cones. , maybe somewhere from Cuba whipping up the ice cream in the kitchen. Even though she is poor, the lady wanted to make the sheet beautiful by placing fantails on it. It is sure, that a majority does not want to know what prompted Steven's to write such a poem. Life is laid out through the eyes of the author. Someone at least made an attempt to properly cover the old wench. This room is her morgue with only a lamp beam to shine grace on her like the cold light of reality. The thought of the author being known for this poem is quite scary. This first stanza is a party in the kitchen where the neighbors are making ice cream; women are dressed scantly and enticing young men and they bring the women flowers to woo them. It is as if they are at a home wake, but celebrating carelessly not thinking of the wench in the next room. Since the author wrote this poem in 1922, anyone would have to think about this era and how they thought or acted back then. A small-embroidered sheet was found in a cheap pine dresser that was missing three knobs to cover her, but it was still not enough to cover completely as her ugly feet protruded out from the sheet. The author shows an idea of how bad women are treated and thought of, but it is better now for women today, but we still have some obstacles. "Concupiscent curds or lustfully spoiled milk is the attitude toward women.