Pound on Whitman - only recognize him as a forebear of whom...

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Elitism of Modernism “If more than ten percent of the population likes a painting it should be  burned”  - George Bernard Shaw “In 50 years, musicians and the public will understand me”  - Schoenberg “Human kind cannot bear very much reality” – T.S. Eliot Pound on Whitman “He  Is  America. His crudity is an exceeding great stench, but it  is  America  .... He is disgusting. He is an exceedingly nauseating pill, but he  accomplishes his mission.  I honor him for he prophesied me while I can 
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Unformatted text preview: only recognize him as a forebear of whom I ought to be proud. As for Whitman, I read him (in many parts) with acute pain, but when I write of certain things I find myself using his rhythms. Mentally I am a Whitman who has learned to wear a collar and a dress shirt (although at times inimical to both) . ... And, to be frank, Whitman is to my fatherland . .. what Dante is to Italy . .. -Pound, on Whitman...
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2011 for the course WRT 150 taught by Professor Laidlaw during the Fall '07 term at Grand Valley State University.

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