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Subject: Re: Canto ergo possum
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 22:19:16 -0500
From: Grace Davis <[log in to unmask]>
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One of Pound's favorite's was Harris and the stories about Br'er
Rabbit.  That is where "Possum" comes from as a nickname for Eliot.
  -G. Davis

Tim Romano wrote:

I don't know that Pound regarded Eliot as "spiritually dead"; the
nickname suggests a poet-persona whose voice has a disembodied
quality--  the voice of a poet who  is "playing dead" -- holding his own
severed head in his
hand, as it were. This quality is one that William Carlos Williams did
not like at all; he refers to Eliot as "frozen" or "sub-zero" or
something like that--I can't remember his exact words or where he says
this. But In
_Paterson_ where the frozen lettuces or cabbages are tossed off the
bridge and smash onto the frozen river below, I think Williams must be
dealing with Eliot.
Tim Romano

At 02:50 PM 1/25/03 -0500, you wrote:
<<<Interesting, how TS Eliot's nickname was Possum, one known to Pound,
and here it is on the listserv. The quote you gave us from EP is great.
Did Pound view Eliot as spiritually dead? I know Pound edited "The
Wasteland." Or, was it more of a friendly shove? Tom NJ>>> >>

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<<"Mr. Eliot who is at times an excellent poet and who has arrived at
the supreme Eminence among English critics largely through disguising
himself as a corpse once asked in the course of an amiable article what
'I believed'."
-- E.P., Credo (1930)>>