By Leon Surette
A glance essentially 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 inclined 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. an intensive revision of the traditional interpretation of literary modernism, this scholarly, complicated examine 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 resources in Eliot's The Waste Land , which he reads as an anguished exploration of non secular doubt.
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In an intensive revision of the normal view that literary modernism belongs to 20th-century clinical materialism and that the mythological components in such modernist works because the Waste Land and The Cantos are in basic terms factitious units, Surette records the origins of modernist aesthetics within the occult, displaying that Pound's early intimacy with Yeats used to be dependent mostly 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.
"Surette's research should be a debatable paintings of literary heritage, however it is one who merits recognize for its wide-ranging scholarship, its wit, and the considerate subtlety and discretion with which he offers his difficult thesis." E.F. Harden, selection. "A solid ebook on a good topic. it may, and may, modify the way in which we learn the 20 th century." Chris Scott, The Ottawa Citizen.