Abstract. “The Rock” (Wallace Stevens’ last book of poems) was inspired by “Scepticism and Animal Faith” (George Santayana’s single volume summary of his philosophical system). Each of Stevens’ twenty-five poems (including the three-part poem “The Rock”) arises, more or less, from Santayana’s Preface or one of the twenty-seven chapters of the philosopher’s book. As examples indicate, Stevens’ method was to use the philosophers’ universal concepts and convert them into “particulars,” creating poems that provide specifics and illustrative examples of Santayana’s more general ideas.
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