Abstract

In his farewell poem to London of 1920, ‘Hugh Selwyn Mauberley’, Ezra Pound sketched an extraordinary portrait of a turn-of-the-century poet. Through a pastiche of Jamesian prose, he effects an almost Cubist dissipation of essence:

Nothing, in brief, but maudlin confession,

Irresponse to human aggression,

Amid the precipitation, down-float

Of insubstantial manna,

Lifting the faint susurrus

Of his subjective hosannah.2

Keywords

Vortex Europe Amid Coherence Explosive 

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Notes

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    See ‘A Coat’, W. B. Yeats, The Collected Poems (Macmillan, 1967 ), p. 142.Google Scholar
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    All quotations from Henry James, The Ambassadors (Signet, 1960).Google Scholar
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© Dennis Brown 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Hatfield PolytechnicUK

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