Read e-book online ABC of Influence: Ezra Pound and the Remaking of American PDF

By Christopher Beach

ISBN-10: 0520075277

ISBN-13: 9780520075276

ISBN-10: 0585257272

ISBN-13: 9780585257273

During this first full-length learn of Pound's impression on American poetry after global struggle II, seashore argues that Pound's experimental mode created a new culture of poetic writing in the USA. usually overlooked via educational critics and excluded from the "canon" of yankee poetic writing, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, and later participants of this experimental culture have maintained the experience of an American avant garde based on Pound's modernist experiments of the 1910s and Twenties. The paintings of those poets has served as a counterforce to the confirmed traditions of the "American elegant" and the Anglo- American formalism represented through T. S. Eliot and the hot feedback. ABC of effect demanding situations prior discussions of poetic effect, fairly Harold Bloom's oedipal idea of revisionist "misreading," as inadequate for knowing the impact Pound's modernist perform and his courting to poetic culture had in defining the postmodernist poetics of Olson, Duncan, and different postwar American writers. The relation of those poets is such a lot in actual fact noticeable on a proper point, however it can be obtrusive in thematic parts in their paintings and of their stance towards poetic conference, the "canon," political and social engagement, and the inclusion of historic and different nonpoetic fabrics within the poetic textual content. This publication makes an important contribution to the examine of recent American poetry through exploring modernism's legacy and charting new canonical percentages in American literature. In interpreting Pound in the course of the works of later poets, it additionally presents vital new insights into Pound's personal paintings and ideas.

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For Pound, language must have its ultimate basis in something outside the boundaries of previous poetic texts if it is to be more than overused poetic cliché. Pound wishes to avoid the kinds of words and themes that "I and 9,000,000 other poets have spieled on endlessly" and cautions future writers to shun expressions of an inherited poetic language, such as "dim lands of peace" (SL, 37). Poetry, Pound admonishes, must be "as well written as prose" but should in effect be better than prose by virtue of its greater condensation and concreteness, the greater "charge of meaning" of a concentrated poetic language stripped of all unnecessary words.

Such a transcription or transmission is a celebration of language as [18] Creeley told me in conversation that as a New Englander he valued the sense of rigor and verbal "Puritanism" implied by Pound's stance. Perhaps the same explanation applies to Creeley's fellow New Englander Olson. ― 34 ― "speech" in keeping with Pound's Cantos: "The Cantos are, first of all, an incredible condensing, as speech is" (QG, 94). " Creeley's use of the short, often enjambed line shows most clearly the influence of Williams; but the tight, almost sculptural form of many of his poems as well as their attention to the sounds and rhythms of language owes a great deal to Pound.

The attainment of the Sublime depends on "the poetic equivalents of repression" in which creative freedom must first be repressed "through the initial fixation of influence" (PR, 27). " In this kind of poem, the Sublime is dependent on an absence, a "reliance on words apart from things" (MM, 87), that can be filled only through involvement with the past poets who haunt the poet's language. Pound, who stresses a reliance on words only in connection with the things they denote, finds essential models in the work of Dante and the poets who led up to him, whose clarity and emotional directness celebrate the poet's unmediated involvement with the world.

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