No, he Smith does not say that. Here is his comment on the early poems: "The 'Preludes' are better unified than Eliot's method of composing them might seem to have permitted. Indeed, the first and second, written in close succession, not only complement each other but together lead into an epistemological concept entertained in the third and fourth; and all four agree in imagery. they illustrate a practice tested in 'Prufrock' and followed again in the 'Rhapsody,' namely of depersonalizing character by talking about bodily members such as feet, hands, eyes, fingers. Eliot's imagism was of his own contriving, for he was not in touch with the contemporary experiments of T. E. Hulme and F. S. Flint."
Later Smith notes that "Eliot was preparing to absorb the lessons of Imagism, whose prophet Hulme had been . . . and whose
chief propagandist was Pound himself up to the summer of 1914."
But this book is quite old (1956) though his research is extremely thorough. It may be that later studies show an earlier use of Pound's notion or a different take on it.
I have not worked on this specifically, so I just went to an obvious discussion of sources and poetic connections.
>>> Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> 11/20/07 12:25 AM >>>
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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