The birth of modernism : Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, by Eliot, Thomas Stearns; Eliot, Thomas S.; Pound, Ezra; Pound,

By Eliot, Thomas Stearns; Eliot, Thomas S.; Pound, Ezra; Pound, Ezra; Yeats, William Butler; Yeats, William B.; Pound, Ezra; Yeats, Yeats William Butler.; Eliot, Eliot Thomas Stearns.; Surette, Leon

From the again hide of "The delivery of Modernism" - within the delivery of Modernism, Leon Surrete deals a thorough revision of our knowing of excessive modernism. He develops a portrait of Modernism that demonstrates its continuity with American transcendentalism, French symbolisme, and English aestheticism and records, for the 1st time, the origins of modernist aesthetics within the occult. Yeats' occultism has lengthy been stated, yet this is often the 1st learn to teach that Pound's early intimacy with Yeats was once dependent mostly on a shared curiosity within the occult sciences, and that Pound's epic of the trendy age, The Cantos, is a deeply occult paintings

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1-18). " The Cantos were designed as an esoteric poem lacking an exoteric surface or packaging. They can be understood only esoterically, only by initiates. The purpose of The Cantos was to herald the new age that was impatiently awaited by the whole nineteenth century, by Spencerians, Marxists, and Fabians, as well as by occultists. The esoteric content of the poem is not just - or even principally - an ineffable or metaphysical revelation; rather, it is the hidden dynamic of world history. Alas, Pound's belief that he understood the au dela, the world, and history was a fantasy.

Yeats's Vision is an unmistakably metahistorical work and is modelled in important respects on Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine, itself a pot-pourri of Paracelsus, Swedenborg, Fabre d'Olivet, and others. Pound's Cantos are an obvious candidate for inclusion in this group. The Cantos claim to embody an economic explanation of historical event. However, Pound's epic belongs to secret history rather than metahistory. The historical patterns surveyed in The Cantos are not at all deterministic or even providential.

Since the content of the secret tradition is ex hypothesi ineffable, the very notion of such scholarship might seem inconsistent. As Evelyn Underhill puts it (speaking of the mystic), true knowledge is "the piercing vision of the desirous heart" rather than "the squirrel-work of the industrious brain" ([1911] 1960, 13). But even Underhill devotes her life to "squirrel work," making arguments for the facticity of mystic visions and collecting reports on these visions in the hope of leading others to similar illumination.

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