It has long been recognised that there is an apparently paradoxical relationship between the revolutionary poetic style developed by Yeats, Eliot and Pound in the period during and after the First World War, and the reactionary politics with which they were associated in the 1920s and 1930s.
Concentrating on their writings in the period up to the 1930s, this study, first published in 1982, helps to resolve the paradox and also provides a much needed reappraisal of the factors influencing their poetic and political development. The work of these poets has usually been seen as deriving from the tradition of continental symbolist poetics.
Yeats, Eliot, Pound and the Politics of Poetry will be of interest to students of literature.
Acknowledgements; Preface; 1. Introduction: Poetry and Politics 2. The Associationist Tradition 3. Openings 4. Yeats: The Art of Memory 5. Eliot, Pound and the Memory of Art 6. Closures 7. Yeats: The Loss and Recovery of Memory 8. Eliot, Pound: Memory’s Broken Bridge 9. The Politics of Poetry; Abbreviations and Editions of Texts Cited; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index