I'm with you, Marcia. I sense yet another conspiracy to downplay Eliot's
contribution/importance to modern poetry.
If Pound had contributed some actual verse, I believe the other side
might have a case. As it is, it is amusing to see the other side make
a case for McLuhan's adage that the medium IS the message.
If Pound was a co-authout, then so was Viv, but I don't see anyone
making a case for her. Alas poor Lady of Shallott. No one can see her,
even when it's to their advantage. Her support for what should remain
was as important as for what should be excised.
Marcia Karp wrote:
> Dear Jennifer,
> I know you weren't at the TSE Society meeting in Gloucester.
> Helen Vendler was quite vociferous, and I think, quite right, in
> taking on a claim someone made about Pound being E's collaborating
> author on TWL. I don't know if she is in print on this, but I wish
> she were, since I've lost the details of what she said.
> Like you, I believe there is a difference between wrote the poem
> and who didn't. I've yet to understand why it seems as if people
> discuss Eliot as if he is strange in being a poet who showed his work
> to other poets.
> Nancy Gish wrote:
>>I think this is a Jamesian quibble. No one thinks Pound held a gun at
>>Eliot's head and forced him to cut or die. We know he told him many
>>parts should be cut, and Eliot accepted the editing.
>>No one has to accept editing, true. But it was Pound who identified
>>this to be cut.
>>I don't care it you want to change the words because the facts are well
>>known. A la James--it only makes a difference if it makes a
>>difference, and it doesn't.
>>>>>[log in to unmask] 09/12/05 12:28 PM >>>
>>I know we've had this quibble before, but, in contrary
>>to what you say this post (Revulsion) about Pound,
>>"[It was Pound who removed this stuff from TWL.]"
>>Pound did not, properly, remove anything from TWL. He
>>gave Eliot suggestions, and Eliot himself decided what
>>to alter and expunge; sometimes acting on Pound's
>>advice, sometimes disregarding it.
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