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Ideas for Analyzing "The Emperor of Ice-Cream"

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The Emperor Of Ice-Cream

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal.
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

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The poem seems to be focusing on two people, the "he" in the first stanza, the muscular "roller of big cigars" who is the "emperor of ice ...

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This solution gives some ideas to help students better understand the poem, "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" by Wallace Stevens, and suggestions to help them create their own analysis.