My Sweetest Lesbia Summery

Eliot, Hulme and Pound all held anti-democratic political views during their early careers. Eliot and Hulme identified themselves with 'classicism', in the sense determined by Charles Maurras and the Action Fran├žaise. Pound, more equivocally, associated himself with the individualist anarchism advanced by Dora Marsden in The New Freewoman/The Egoist. The poetics of all three are shaped by these views: Eliot's theory of the 'dissociation of sensibility' that took place at the time of the English Civil War is partially indebted to Maurras's arguments on the connection between romanticism and the French Revolution. Pound connects individualism to poetic precision and integrity. A poetic equivalent of their politics can be found in the regular metre and cult of hardness of the quatrain poems of Eliot's Ara vos Prec and Pound's 'Hugh Selwyn Mauberley'.

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