The Birth of Modernism: Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, WB Yeats, and the Occult

By Leon Surette

A glance basically at Ezra Pound and occultism, regardless of the identify. He examines Pound's revisions of Eliot's The wilderness, the Cantos, and diverse Yeats poems ("The Castle", etc.)

From Publishers Weekly
Although W. B. Yeats's participation in seances and spirit manipulation is widely known, critics are likely to brush aside this as peripheral to his writing. no longer so, in response to Surette, an English professor on the collage of Western Ontario, who perspectives Yeats's poetry as steeped within the occult. a thorough revision of the normal interpretation of literary modernism, this scholarly, complex learn argues that Ezra Pound used to be as completely imbued with the occult as Yeats was once. Pound's mentors integrated Yeats and A. R. Orage, a London occultist and Nietzschean from whom Pound imbibed Madam Helena Blavatsky's theosophical knowledge. In Surette's interpreting, Pound's Cantos articulate a theosophical imaginative and prescient of heritage. Surette is much less winning in becoming T. S. Eliot into his overarching thesis that modernism has roots within the occult. He detects pagan, gnostic and Hindu assets in Eliot's The Waste Land , which he reads as an anguished exploration of non secular doubt.
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From e-book News
In a thorough revision of the traditional view that literary modernism belongs to 20th-century medical materialism and that the mythological parts in such modernist works because the Waste Land and The Cantos are basically factitious units, Surette files the origins of modernist aesthetics within the occult, exhibiting that Pound's early intimacy with Yeats was once dependent principally on a shared curiosity within the occult sciences, and that The Cantos is a deeply occult paintings. Annotation copyright e-book information, Inc. Portland, Or. --This textual content refers back to the Hardcover edition.

Review
"Surette's examine should be a debatable paintings of literary background, however it is person who merits appreciate for its wide-ranging scholarship, its wit, and the considerate subtlety and discretion with which he provides his hard thesis." E.F. Harden, selection. "A strong booklet on an excellent topic. it's going to, and may, adjust the way in which we learn the 20 th century." Chris Scott, The Ottawa Citizen.

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