The Poet in the Poem: The Personae of Eliot, Yeats, and Pound

By George T. Wright | Go to book overview

Preface

ONE OF THE WORDS frequently heard in discussions of modern poetry is "impersonality." Poets in general, but especially those poets we think of as difficult--Eliot, Pound, Yeats, Stevens, and their many semblables and frères--are acknowledged by most critics to have converted poetry from a personal communication into an impersonal creation. The modern poem is often cold and hard, according to the prescription of T. E. Hulme; not warm and intimate in the manner of most nine teenth-centuryverse. To be sure, many poets still writing today compose works that seem no less personal than those of Wordsworth and Keats. But the most influential and prominent poets of the early twentieth century have gone another way, into what we call, without too well knowing what it is, impersonality.

Perhaps the extreme of impersonality is reached in the poetry of Wallace Stevens. "Peter Quince at the Clavier," for example, is a series of exquisitely modeled tableaux in which the feelings of Susanna and the elders are successively immobilized in a sort of verbal sculpture, and the ancient story serves to illustrate the nature of music. The people are of an importance subordinate to that of their gestures and to that of the color, the tone, the "idea" of their action; and the action in turn enforces the generalization about human feeling, not merely the feeling of the poet, which the poem expounds.

-vii-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Poet in the Poem: The Personae of Eliot, Yeats, and Pound
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xiii
  • Titles of Abbreviated Sources xiv
  • 1 - The Faces of the Poet 1
  • 2 - Eliot: the Transformation Of a Personality 60
  • 3 - Yeats: the Tradition of Myself 88
  • 4 - Pound: the God Inside 124
  • 5 - Conclusion 158
  • Notes 165
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen
/ 170

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.