The Road from Paris: French Influence on English Poetry, 1900-1920

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'For the best part of a thousand years English poets have gone to school to the French,' declared Ezra Pound in 1913. Whatever the truth of this assertion for all of English literature its accuracy for Pound's own period is well established. Both he and T. S. Eliot wrote frankly of the debt which they owed to their French predecessors and this fact has long been recognised by students of English literature. With the recognition of this influence went the assumption that Eliot and Pound were themselves responsible for its transmission from France

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'For the best part of a thousand years English poets have gone to school to the French,' declared Ezra Pound in 1913. Whatever the truth of this assertion for all of English literature its accuracy for Pound's own period is well established. Both he and T. S. Eliot wrote frankly of the debt which they owed to their French predecessors and this fact has long been recognised by students of English literature. With the recognition of this influence went the assumption that Eliot and Pound were themselves responsible for its transmission from France to England. That this was not so is demonstrated by the documents reprinted in this volume. Dr Pondrom presents a selection of extracts and complete essays and letters by the critics and poets who together were principally responsible for channelling into English writing the ideas and theories of the French poetic avant-garde.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780521131193
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2010
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; General critical and historical introduction: The Road from Paris; 1. Flint, the Haiku, and the Symbolists: Recent Verse F. S. Flint; 2. Bergson and the avant garde: art and philosophy John Middleton Murray; 3. Bergson and the theory of modern French poetry: review of the De Visan's L'Attitude du Lyrisme contemporain T. E. Hulme; 4. Correspondence with Les Jeunes: thirteen letters on French poetry in 1912; 5. The first major survey of the French avant garde: contemporary French poetry F. S. Flint; 6. A French account of the French contemporaries: Lettre de France, II–V; 7. The move toward classicism: French books - a classical revival John Middleton Murray; 8. Modern French poetry: Pound's first important view: The Approach to Paris, I–VII Ezra Pound; 9. A quarterly report on French poetry 1913–1914: French Chronicle I–VIII F. S. Flint; 10. Aldington on de Gourmont: Remy de Gourmont's Le Latin Mystique Richard Aldington; 11. New French poetry in 1914: some recent French poems Richard Aldington; 12. De Gourmont and the concept of tradition: tradition and other things Remy de Gourmont; 13. Nicolas Beauduin and a French correlative to futurism: the new poetry of France Nicolas Beauduin; 14. Lautreamont, via Gourmont and Aldington: Lautreamont Remy de Gourmont; 15. Aldington on a French satirist: Laurent Tailhade Richard Aldington; 16. Imagism and French poetry: the history of imagism F. S. Flint; 17. Early recognition of a new symbolist: Paul Valery's La Jeune Parque John Middleton Murray; 18. A continuing trend toward classicism: art and tradition Aldous Huxley; 19. Modern poetry and modern painting: cubism and the modern artistic sensibility Andre Lhote; 20. A selective view of a new generation, 1920: young French verse Aldous Huxley; Appendix; Index.

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