Perhaps an external guide would be T.E. Lawrence, who seems to have
the disillusionment of his generation. He thought WWI was a fight by the
generation for a new world order (or something like that). But when it was
the same old politicians started playing the same old games, making his
feel that it had been robbed.
Would Eliot and/or Pound have been affected by that disillusionment?
I suppose these generalizations are a place to start, but really one needs
----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Seddon
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Sent: Monday, May 28, 2007 8:10 AM
Subject: TSE and War
Nancy, an excellent subject for Memorial Day. Thank you.
I would like to propose that many of the modernists, Eliot and Pound for
example, seemed to ignore WW I (Please: I know of T. E. Hulme) but became
much more involved in WW II. (Eliot in a typically stiff necked way and
Pound in a typically belligerent propagandist's way)
In partial refutation I would recommend reading Richard Aldington's set,
"Field Manoeuvres", "In the Trenches", "Trench Idyll" and "Resentment". Of
course one could partially deflect this refutation by maintaining that
Aldington wasn't a major modernist but then again he was one of the type
poets for "Imagism"
I would like to hear from the list in either support or refutation of my
proposal. If you choose to support my proposal what do you think was the
reason. I would imagine that those who disagree will be only too happy to
show me the error of my ways.
Portales, NM USA
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