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Lucas R Klein 00 <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Mar 2000 20:08:27 -0500
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taking a class on WCW's poetry wherein we also Mariani's biography of the
Patersonite, many of my classmates have focused on the poetic antagonism
Williams held and voiced towards Pound and Eliot through his
poems.  Mariani makes much of this; in my mind, it's too much.  I
personally see any frustration Williams had with the wannabe europeanness
of Pound and Eliot, including the potentially arcane allusions etc, as
minor and inessential to his--Williams's--poetic oeuvre.  what makes it
worse is how obviously ignorant of Eliot's and especially Pound's poetry
my classmates are.
I seem to have lost my point.  this was more, originally, than a venting.
ahh, yes: is there anything specific (as in, more than just a general
sense I get from reading Pound's poetry--Cantos or otherwise) I can
mention to argue that Pound's (and Eliot's) writings are more than
overeducated and self-impressed mental gymnastics but instead are
constituted of vibrant and emotional language that, as part of but not
solely existent to the technique, re-INVIGORATES the classics and gives
new life to literary tradition?
I can think now, for instance, of Only emotion endures and Literature is
news that STAYS news.  anything beyonf these soundbites?
thank you.