A Discernment: Frost or Stevens

To ask the question concerning he daemon is to seek an origin of inspiration. Whereas Robert Frost is possessed by an external daemon whose name is Loss, hence the power of Directive, Wallace Stevens undergoes possession by the rival daemon of a Supreme Fiction. Frostian unmaking of a diminished thing contrasts antithetically with Stevens’s proposing a Supreme Fiction known to be fictive. You can argue that to believe in a fiction known to be untrue is to make too much of a diminished thing, but you would then be Frost rather than Stevens.
-H. Bloom, The Daemon Knows, 347.

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