Dear Rick,

Pound got Eliot's approval for his changes. He did not transform TWL  
manuscript into a poem by Ezra Pound.

I put the word 'dissociated' in quotes to indicate irony -- which you  
totally missed or deliberately ignored.

In that same post I stated that personae are learned, impermanent and  
'normal' -- not necessarily a sign of mental illness. If everybody has  
it, it's not abnormal.

Eliot more than any other poet presents this ordinary survival stategy  
of putting on different faces for the faces that we meet as it was  
exacerbated by the doubt and displacements caused by the war.  
Adaptation in extremis. He presents it as ordinary, not as singular  

I never suggested that Pound or Eliot was interested in  
psychoanalyzing TWL as evidence of individual abnormality. The  
poignancy of the poem comprises its portrayal of an entire population  
traumatized and in survival mode.

You do like a joke at my expense, but please take note of my entire  
post and its punctuation before you launch another attempt to make me  
look ridiculous.


Sent from my iPod

On May 5, 2010, at 12:26 AM, Richard Seddon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Diane
> I think that Pound edited TWL as a work of modernism so that it more
> completely conformed to Pound's notions of modernism.  End of story,
> although a study of Pound's editing from this point of view would be  
> very
> interesting.
> Pound certainly did not take the original (?) draft of TWL on its  
> own terms.
> He made substantial changes to both its style and content.
> The idea of Pound as a psychoanalyst is sort of scary.
> Diane wrote:  "but took it on its own terms as an expression of a
> 'dissociated'
> Personality"
> Rick Seddon
> Portales, NM