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Lecture 12

ENGL 40761 Lecture 12: American Culture as Collage 2-28-17 class notes eliot 2
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ENGL 40761
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Fredman Stephen

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T.S. Eliot – 2/28/2017 • Annotations (Pound’s role on The Waste Land) o Cuts down/ abbreviates poem, many parts unpublished o Corrects foreign language o Prevents pretentiousness o Sarcastic comments o Disciplinarian o Co-creator/ collaborator ▪ Like Picasso and Braque creating visual collage ▪ Eliot could not have written the poem without Pound; Pound adds vorticism/ futurism influence o Supporter ▪ Pound helps Eliot garner public support; aid in financial issues & mental breakdowns • Evolution of “The Waste Land” o “He do the police in different voices” = original poem title ▪ Original title more vernacular than “The Waste Land” o Inspiring, good writing takes hard work/ time o Manuscript lost, sold to NY Public Library • Literary period th o Scenes similar to “The Rape of the Lock” by Alexander Pope, 18 century ▪ “Vanity of Human Wishes,” Samuel Johnson ▪ Dialogue poems in social situations  more contemporary ▪ Eliot makes 18 century “jagged” with “feints,” unclear where poem will go • Pound, Wyndham Louis, and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska call this vorticism (1912); journal= Blast o Ballà makes futurism collage • Characteristics of vorticism o Active, kinetic • Annotations/ Facsimiles o Ginsberg assembles parallel book for “Howl,” extensive commentary ▪ PR move to market “Howl” ▪ Obscenity allows Ginsberg to live off his poetry • Tradition and the Individual Talent- how does it support collage? o pg 115 “no poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone,” con
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