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From: "Richard Seddon" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 6:50 PM
Subject: Re: OT - Re: old man
> Dear List
> I have long had a theory that the old man is Yeats. The young man reading
> to him is Pound. And, the cottage is Stone Cottage where Yeats and Pound
> spent a year reading together when Pound acted as Yeats' secretary. The
> woman is Misses Welfare, their landlady, who also cooked and cleaned for
> With this reading of the major characters the poem becomes a critique of
> evolution of Yeats' poetry into Pound's.
> Cribbing from Humprey Carpenter's "A Serious Character: The Life of Ezra
> Pound" page 221--Pound writing to Dorothy said "You really must have a
> of thick boots, or shoes, and warm socks. It is a drippy kind of place"
> The cottage was on the "edge of a heath with our back to the woods". This
> last from a letter quoted by Carpenter that Pound wrote his father.
> Yeats and Pound had 4 rooms in the cottage
> The cottage was apparently a windy and wet affair with plenty of isolation
> in which Yeats wrote poetry by dictating to Pound. While not recording
> Yeats' poetry Pound read to Yeats.
> The entire experience was part of Pound's belief that literary talent
> be passed from a master to a disciple. The disciple owing talent and
> inspiration to the master but the fruits of the contact could and would be
> quite different from the Master's.
> Rick Seddon
> Portales, NM