Pound was responsible for getting Frost's first book published. He also predicted that Frost would sneer at his poetry (or something like that).
Frost was an SOB -- but (for example) "Design" and "Provide, Provide" are about as good as anything published in the 20th-c. I don't remember what Frost poems were in the Untermyer anthology. Randall Jarrell wrote some fine pieces on Frost.
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Perhaps E. was still smarting from what Pound did to TWL. I f it doesn't have a sensory effect, get rid of it. Frost's work was rather periphrastic in a worn out poetical fashion. E. was as hard on himself. Think of all the crumpled scraps of verse strewing 2nd rate stuff across his floor. Indeed, artists can be very mean-spirited. Only their way is right. About art. Politics - another matter. Anyone know what Pound thought of Frost?
P <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>That reminds me of Carrol.
>3 New England's bad mouthing each other.
>"Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>Is this mean-spirited?
>>I think so.
>> Mr Frost seems the nearest equivalent to an English poet,
>> specializing in New England torpor;
>> his verse, it is regretfully said, is uninteresting,
>> and what is uninteresting is unreadable,
>> and what is unreadable is not read.
>> There, that is done.
>>Published in The Dial magazine