Is Smith saying that Eliot was an Imagist? If so why didn't Pound ever
label him as such? Pound was the loudly (very loudly) self proclaimed
expert on Imagism. At the time of "Rhapsody" and "Preludes" Pound was busy
identifying and labeling Imagists such as H. D and Richard Aldington. Pound
labeled TSE a self made modernist but never, to my knowledge, an Imagist.
Diane: I think Pound and Eliot were playing with the same thing but coming
up with absolutely different techniques for doing it. That is, how to
extract the most reader impact from the words of a poem. TSE seemed to
regard this as a central node, the objective correlative, while Pound
emphasized overall energetic language which moved the readers mind from one
concept to another. Pound's Imagism and later Vorticism is bound up in
movement. Pound said that the Image grows on the edge. The edge of a facet
of a sculpture or the edge of thought in a poem. The eye or the mind then
moves back and forth along this edge. A good non poetry study for
understanding Vorticism or Imagism is the sculture of Epstein such as "rock
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