"'Ttroubled personality" is apt for Pound, but he had one other quality
that never quite deserted him, even in the Pisan DTC: Generosity! It is
quite extraordinary just how badly he wanted others to do well.
"Midwife" might be a more accurate & suggestive label for his part in
TWL than "editor." He could see in that mass of junk (and much of it is
junk) a poem that Eliot had produced but did not, I think, know he had
produced. Eliot's disparate mumbles over the years re the poem reflexts
his own surprise and puzzlement at what he had wrogught and which with
Pound's help became visible. He himself was the first of many readers,
as it were, to find the poem baffling!
Richard Seddon wrote:
> Good Grief
> Pound didn't get "Eliot's approval for his changes". Pound didn't make any
> changes to TWL. He made suggestions which have been interpreted by scholars
> as "editing". Eliot took the majority of those suggestions to heart when he
> produced the poem "The Waste Land".
> I was not enjoying some joke at your expense. Your comments implied to me
> motives in Pound that I do not believe were part of Pound's complex and
> troubled personality. Pound simply read and commented on a work of a
> friend. He did this routinely and very often for a plethora of other
> modernist writers and aspiring writers. His opinion was valued by most of
> the early modernists and cherished by some.
> Rick Seddon
> Portales, NM