I agree that the essay is a reaction against the notion that there is
"free" verse and an insistence that poetry must have a metric base
because it is unavoidable. Unfortunately it seems to me that much of
what gets published now is genuinely devoid of music--or good prose,
which has music. I wonder if others share my sense that so much current
American poetry is flat and self-absorbed? I find much of contemporary
Irish, Scotttish, and English poetry far more verbally and musically new
But I may just not be reading enough or the right work.
>>> Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> 08/04/07 12:44 PM >>>
Poor writing on my part. I was trying to emphasize that poetry was much
more than the literal meaning of words to TSE.
Buried in this essay under TSE's normal waffling I find a hard reaction
against "vers libre" as a cover for simply poor and lazy poetry.
For a blunter and shorter essay on the same subject see Pound's "Vers
and Arnold Dolmetsch" in "Literary Essays of Ezra Pound" edited by none
other than T. S. Eliot, New Direction Paperback, 1968 page 437. A
"Poets who are not interested in music are, or become, bad poets".
quote from the ever sensitive Pound, "Poets who will not study music are
Poetry for both of these very good poets was simply much much more than
literal meaning of words strung together in lines and strophes.
Back to singlets, doublets, and triplets. And, I am not talking about
or children :>). Then back to Bras and Kets (and I'm not talking about
underwear). It is either than or confirm the suspicion of a major
Monday am as in "I knew you didn't read it, I bet you didn't read that
simple article on symmetry/antisymmetry either, when you've read them