a stumbling shepherd found
embedded in the ground,
of lapis lazuli,
a scarab of the sea,
with wings spread—
curling its coral feet,
parting its beak to greet
men long dead.
The sentiment is commonplace. . . ."
He goes on to affirm her later poetry. Since he published Moore, it seems likely that the omission of this poem may have been his doing also. But he does not say that.
What was " the one poem by MM he considers to have a commonplace sentiment"?
And it occurs to me that one possible implication of Pound's "Make It New" wa that "commonplace sentiments" make the best poems, for to bring a commonplace sentiment alive is a wonderful achievement. Perhaps that perspective would be useful in grasping Pound's wonderful poem, Papyrus.