Dissolving Self



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


Provisional Identity Literary Discourse Develop Identity Human Aggression Creative Freedom 
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© Dennis Brown 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hatfield PolytechnicUK

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