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Ezra Pound and the Symbolist Inheritance.

By: Hamilton, Scott.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Princeton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (0 p.).ISBN: 9781400862696.Subject(s): French poetry -- 19th century -- History and criticism | French poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Pound, Ezra, -- 1885-1972 -- Knowledge -- Literature | Symbolism (Literary movement) -- FranceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Ezra Pound and the Symbolist InheritanceDDC classification: 811.52 LOC classification: PS3531.O82 -- Z6413 1992ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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This is certainly the most scrupulous and scholarly study thus far of symbolist poets and their relationship to Ezra Pound. Hamilton knows his poetry, and E.P. le grand translateur would approve his love of French verse and his translations. Whether or not Hamilton wins the argument with Kenner, David, et al. about the extent of the influence is perhaps a moot point. Similarly, the emphasis placed on Gautier, Laforgue, and Corbi`ere, if at times hectoring, is well intentioned; as Larkin reminds us, the sun destroys the interest of what is happening in the shade. Hamilton shows how and why the young E.P. chose Gautier over Baudelaire: "He [Pound] excommunicates the 'cult of ugliness' from the poetic realm." The book's final chapter moves from France to the US and looks at the shadow thrown by Pound over the work of Robert Duncan. Hamilton's casual reference to Duncan's (and Pound's) "political and economic idealism" betrays a fault and weakens his case for a symbolist grand collage. The poet who wrote Mauberley for the young men who "walked eye deep in hell" was no more an idealist than the man who wrote Uprising and Of the War for the Vietnam generation. A final note: some of Hamilton's best research is in his notes, which are copious but not pedantic. Levels: graduate and upper-division undergraduate. S. Donovan; St. Thomas University

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