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Stephen J Adams <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:11:35 -0400
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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:
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> ----- 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]>
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> Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:24:18 -0500
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> This is an enquiry email via http://ezrapoundsociety.org/ from:
> Jacob Baltuch <[log in to unmask]>
> Greetings:
> 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?
> Thanks
> Jacob
Stephen J. Adams
Department of English
University of Western Ontario
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