By Pound, Ezra; Yeats, William Butler; Yeats, William B.; Longenbach, James; Pound, Ezra; Yeats, William B
Even though readers of recent literature have constantly identified in regards to the collaboration of W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound, the an important winters those poets spent residing jointly in Stone Cottage in Sussex (1913-1916) have remained a secret. operating from a wide base of formerly unpublished fabric, James Longenbach provides for the 1st time the untold tale of those 3 winters. contained in the mystery international of Stone Cottage, Pound's Imagist poems have been inextricably associated with Yeats's experiences in spiritualism and magic, and early drafts of The Cantos display that the poem begun based on a similar esoteric texts that formed Yeats's visionary method. while, Yeats's autobiographies and Noh-style performs took form with Pound's tips. Having retreated to Sussex to flee the flurry of wartime London, either poets tracked the growth of the nice warfare and in reaction wrote poems--some unpublished until eventually now--that at once deal with the poet's political functionality. greater than the tale of a literary friendship, Stone Cottage explores the Pound-Yeats connection in the greater context of recent literature and tradition, illuminating paintings that ranks with the best achievements of modernism
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Whatever Pound's statements about his relationship with Yeats, from 1911 to 1913 the two poets shared their poems and opinions, often working together closely to promote the arts in London. When Yone Noguchi sent Pound a copy of his new book of poems, The Pilgrimage, Pound wrote back suggesting that "we who are artists should discuss the matters of technique & motive between ourselves. Also if you should write about these matters I would discuss your letters with Mr. S. " Mead was also the editor of The Quest, and he persuaded both Pound and Yeats to contribute to this theosophical quarterly.
This sense of the toncrete reality of visionary experience was attractive to Pound, and he found the same idea in Yeats's essay on "Magic" in Ideas of Good and Evil. " For Yeats as for Pound, a visionary experience is the one unquestionable reality for the person who undergoes it. The older poet would have had no trouble entering into Pound's own "phantastikon" during his Quest Society lecture. A few months after Pound gave his lecture, the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore arrived in London. Given the widespread interest in mystical and theosophical studies at the time, Tagore's ethereal poetry attracted an enormous readership.
Given the widespread interest in mystical and theosophical studies at the time, Tagore's ethereal poetry attracted an enormous readership. His two most devoted readers were Yeats and Pound, and they put together what Pound would later call "the cleverest boom of our day" in order to promote his work. Between June 1912, when Yeats first met Tagore at the home of William Rothenstein, and August 1913, when Tagore sailed home to India, Pound and Yeats fell over one another to see who could lavish more ostentatious praise on the Bengali poet.