Bucks County, Pennsylvania is where Stevens’s father grew up. Indeed, much of Stevens’s family, who were partly Dutch, originated here; they were part of the Dutch Reformed Church. Stevens’s paternal ancestors are buried in Feasterville, in the southern part of the county. (#17 on the map to the right.)
"Dutch Graves in Bucks County"Edit
This Pennsylvanian county forms the geographic centerpiece of the poem “Dutch Grves in Bucks County,” an unusually personal poem for Stevens. (He frequently directly addresses the inhabitants of the graves, calling them “my semblables,” meaning “my fellow-men,” a phrase also used by T.S. Eliot in The Wasteland I.74.)
Eeanor Cook has this to say about the poem:
The poem is suffused with a sense of the war, in a meditation on these early American settlers and how their past intersects with the present conflict. The implications become increasingly unexpected and unsettling, starting with the fifth refrain, though Stevens retains a link with his past in the end. (174)
Cook, Eleanor. A Reader’s Guide to Wallace Stevens. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2007. Web. 26 Feb 2014.