I was rather hoping you'll take this intellectual bait - thank you so
much for this answer, which I will forward to the person who requested
it from the society.
Personally, I feel very encouraged by this: no one has asked a
question for a very long time. I was missing it, to be honest.
Thank you again,
Quoting Stephen J Adams <[log in to unmask]> on Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:11:35 -0400:
> Dear Roxana Preda:
> Since no one else has taken the bait, I'll bite. There was some
> critical dialogue about this question many years ago, but the best
> place to look is a note in Paideuma by Eva Hesse, "Raymonde
> Collignon, or the Duck That Got Away," Pd 10 (Winter 1981): 583-84.
> There she prints a personal 1953 letter from Pound that makes the ID
> pretty conclusive. The real question is whether it matters -- to the
> poem, that is. I think it doesn't.
> But for the curious, there's sufficient information about Raymonde
> Collignon in Ezra Pound and Music, and the correspondence at the
> Beinecke indicates an enduring friendship. Pound probably first
> heard music by Lawes (Henry and/or his brother William) during an
> early visit with Dolmetsch. He often persuaded singer friends to
> sing music for him privately that was not performed in public.
> Insight into this habit can be found in an item missed by all of
> EP's biographers, a chapter in Grace Lovat Fraser's memoir In the
> Days of My Youth (London: Cassell, 1970), where she describes his
> efforts to get her to sing early music.
> Stephen Adams
> On 09/26/14, Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
>> Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
>> ----- Original Message Ezra Pound Society: Who was she "that sang
>> me once that song of Lawes"?.eml -----
>> Subject: Ezra Pound Society: Who was she "that sang me once that
>> song of Lawes"?
>> From: Ezra Pound Society <[log in to unmask]>
>> Reply-To: [log in to unmask]
>> Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:24:18 -0500
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> This is an enquiry email via http://ezrapoundsociety.org/ from:
>> Jacob Baltuch <[log in to unmask]>
>> The "Envoi" ("H. S. Mauberley") mentions a woman "that sang me once
>> that song of Lawes".
>> Was this woman a real person and if so who was she?
> Stephen J. Adams
> Department of English
> University of Western Ontario
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