Richard Seddon wrote:
>Of potential interest are several assertions by Pound in his article:
>"The vorticist relies not upon similarity or analogy, not upon likeness or
>"The vortex is the point of maximum energy"
>"All experience rushes into this vortex. All the energized past, all the
>past that is living and worthy to live. All MOMENTUM, which is the past
>bearing upon us, RACE, RACE-MEMORY, instinct charging the PLACID,
>NON-ENERGIZED FUTURE." (caps are Pound's)
>"An Image is that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an
>instant of time"
>"The vorticist will use only the primary media of his art. The primary
>pigment of poetry is the IMAGE" (caps are Pound's)
All of what you quote is interesting, yet built on metaphor and
analogy, save the first statement (unless we are to take the misspelling
as pointing us to some sort of outpouring). Image as presenting an i
and e complex in an instant of time -- not analogy and metaphor?
Pigment of poetry -- not a metaphor?
Truthfully, he doesn't seem to be communicating much but his own
passion. Not to me. Not compared to what he writes in, for instance,
The ABC of Reading.
I speak now not about any poems, but about what you've quoted --
what he writes is rather juvenile in its abstractions and emphases.