I do believe the Jewish poet whose work Eliot (and Pound) so admired was
Isaac Rosenberg. An edition of his poems came out in 1922, about when, I
believe, The Criterion project was initiated.
Several references in google. Pound had an equal enthusiasm for I.R.'s work.
"Praising the Jewish poet Isaac Rosenberg, as Schuchard reminds us, Eliot
said that an ... "
" In Eliot's sense of the word, Julius's T.S. Eliot, Anti-Semitism, and
Literary Form is all fact. It conceives of the question, "Was T.S. Eliot an
antisemite?" as factual, and it sets out to demonstrate that the answer
"Yes" and Eliot's denials are both aspects of a fact. Julius, who is one of
England's best-known lawyers (he represented Princess Diana in her divorce),
reads Eliot's language, denials and all, as the fact's modus operandi. The
written record will show, for instance, that Eliot wrote, "The poetry of
Isaac Rosenberg . . . because it is Hebraic . . . is a contribution to
English literature. For a Jewish poet to be able to write like a Jew, in
western Europe and in a western European language, is almost a miracle"
(Julius 101-02). The formulation seems obscure, but it becomes transparent
when we read it as a part of the discourse of antisemitism. Julius does that
tessera-style, by inserting Eliot's words, as if they were as
interchangeable as standard facts, into the context of Richard Wagner's
dictum "The Jew speaks the language of the country in which he has lived
from generation to generation, but he always speaks it as a foreigner." That
exercise in the archaeology of a word completes Eliot's allusion. More: it
demonstrates that Eliot, the paradigmatic modernist author, becomes lisible
when his words are read retrospectively, as if there were no discontinuity
between them and the ways of meaning they ostensibly break with. "
A lovely one to pick apart. Luckily for the writer, Princess Di died
after her divorce.
Didn't Swift loath people in groups, and love inidividuals?