This is a theme I touched on recently, asking whether it was Eliot or
Pound who had made the remark. Some queried the source today on the
Pound list, and got this reply. So it may have been Hueffer (Ford Madox
Ford) who originated it.
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Subject: Re: EP on poetry and prose
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 20:11:27 +0000
From: Jason Monios <[log in to unmask]>
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The quote (or at least a version of it) is from "Mr Hueffer and the
Tradition in Verse" in Poetry magazine, June 1914.
"Coleridge has spoken of 'the miracle that night be wrought simply by
man's feeling a thing more clearly or more poignantly than anyone had
it before'. The last century showed us a fair example when Swinburne
to the fact that poetry was an art, not merely a vehicle for the
of doctrine. England and Germany are still showing the effects of his
perception. I cannot belittle my belief that Mr Hueffer's realization
poetry should be written at least as well as prose will have as wide a
result. He himself will tell you that it is 'all Christina Rossetti',
that 'it was not Wordsworth', for Wordsworth was so busied about the
ordinary word that he never found time to think about le mot juste."