Indeed, I cannot see any other way to read it grammatically unless Pound
is both Urania and a midwife performing both acts. It is quite exact
syntactically that a male Urania begat TWL on Eliot and that this being a
difficult pregnancy to get out, Pound performed the caesarean section to
remove it--there being, one presumes, no birth canal in a male mother.
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Subject: Re: the Uranian muse again
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> Browning's Sordello and Ezra Pound by Stephen Brown
> Doctoral Dissertation Index Page
> As Wayne Koestenbaum proves, the
> poem goes on to make clear the analogy between Eliot and Pound's
> collaboration on The Waste Land and the homosexual act.
I have the Koestenbaum book (at home, not here), and I wouldn't use the
word "proves". As I remember the book, Koestenbaum begins by quoting
the same lines of "Sage Homme" that Nancy did:
These are the poems of Eliot
By the Uranian Muse begot;
A Man their Mother was,
A Muse their Sire.
How did the printed Infancies result
From Nuptials thus doubly difficult?
If you must needs enquire
Know diligent Reader
That on each Occasion
Ezra performed the caesarean Operation
Koestenbaum then states that these lines clearly mean that POUND is
declaring HIMSELF (i.e., Pound) the male muse of TWL. I think that's a
basic misreading. I read the lines the same way that Nancy does, namely,
"the Muse is also made male along with Eliot the male mother. Pound's
male-nurse role is simply a third to make the seemingly impossible birth
possible." That is, Pound is a third party (a male mid-wife) to the birth
of TWL, a poem conceived (according to "Sage Homme") between the artist
(Eliot) and his male (Uranian) muse.
-- Steve --