The Reflective Journey toward Order: Essays on Dante, Wordsworth, Eliot, and Others

The Reflective Journey toward Order: Essays on Dante, Wordsworth, Eliot, and Others

The Reflective Journey toward Order: Essays on Dante, Wordsworth, Eliot, and Others

The Reflective Journey toward Order: Essays on Dante, Wordsworth, Eliot, and Others

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Ezra Pound, "Notes on Elizabethan Classicists"

Only the mediocrity of a given time can drive the more intelligent men of that time to "break with tradition." I take it that the phrase "break with tradition" is currently used to mean "desert the more obvious imbecilities of one's immediate elders." . . . Only the careful and critical mind will seek to know how much tradition inhered in the immediate elders.

Eliot, "Wordsworth and Coleridge"

Those who speak of Wordsworth as the original Lost Leader . . . should make pause and consider that when a man takes politics and social affairs seriously the difference between revolution and reaction may be the breadth of a hair.

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