In a message dated 10/22/2004 12:07:10 AM Eastern Daylight Time, [log in to unmask]
Pound had a gift of creative perception that was really
quite unique, and certainly very
distinct from any of Eliot's talents.
If Peter is trying to say that Pound had editing talent, then I believe that is true. Certainly, today, authors often engage editorial assistance or the publishing companies provide them with such assistance, though this is unusual with poetry. However, The Waste Land is an unusual poem and a lengthy one. Stevens also wrote some lengthy poems, such as The Man With the Blue Guitar and The Comedian as the Letter C, but he was without an editor, as there was no need for an editor. Still, The Waste Land is a brilliant poem. Is there a copy floating around someplace on the internet without the editing, as Eliot had it originally?