Theorists of Modernist Poetry

T.S Eliot, T.E Hulne and Ezra Pound


'No one can understand the revolution that was Modernism in Anglo-America without some familiarity with the theoretical and critical writings of Eliot and Pound — and before them, T.E. Hulme . . . Rebecca Beasley's Theorists of Modernist Poetry provides newcomers to this field with an excellent introduction to the complex strains that inform the poetic theories in question and argues convincingly that, however problematic the later politics of Eliot and Pound, the legacy of their poetics remains crucial today.'

Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University

This volume examines T.S. Eliot, T.E. Hulme and Ezra Pound, three of the most influential figures of the modernist movement, and argues that we cannot dissociate their bold, inventive poetic forms from their profoundly engaged theories of social and political reform.

Tracing the complex theoretical foundations of modernist poetics, Rebecca Beasley examines:

• the aesthetic modes and theories that formed a context for modernism

• the influence of contemporary philosophical movements

• the modernist critique of democracy

• the importance of the First World War

• modernism's programmes for social reform

Examining the critical thought and poetry of Eliot, Hulme and Pound, this volume offers invaluable insight into the modernist movement, as well as demonstrating the deep influence of the three poets on the shape and values of the discipline of English Literature itself. In this way, Theorists of Modernist Poetry is relevant not only to students of modernism, but to all those with an interest in why we study, teach, read and evaluate literature the way we do.

Rebecca Beasley teaches in the School of English and Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London, and is the author of Ezra Pound and the Visual Culture of Modernism (2007).


Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway, University of London

Routledge Critical Thinkers is a series of accessible introductions to key figures in contemporary critical thought.

With a unique focus on historical and intellectual contexts, the volumes in this series examine important theorists':

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• motivation

• key ideas and their sources

• impact on other thinkers

Concluding with extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers are the student's passport to today's most exciting critical thought.

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