Epic negation : the dialectical poetics of late modernism by Blanton, Charles Daniel PDF

By Blanton, Charles Daniel

ISBN-10: 0199844712

ISBN-13: 9780199844715

"Epic Negation examines the dialectical flip of modernist poetry over the interwar interval, arguing that overdue modernism inverts the tactic of Ezra Pound's "poem together with heritage" to conceive a negated mode of epic, predicated at the encryption of disarticulated historic content material. pressured to sign in the strength of a totality it can't signify, this negated epic reorients the functionality of poetic language and Read more...

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Considered singly, each item constitutes a disposable discourse, formed on some matter of merely passing interest. Integrated within the review, however, they begin to amass a significance that none could achieve alone. The effect is more pronounced in the concluding July number, where Eliot includes— beside small selections by Yeats, Owen Barfield, E. M. ” Among all the other incidental connections framed by the review’s early issues, this one forms a definitive arc, creating a finite textual span between Eliot’s project and Pound’s, even while laying the argumentative groundwork for a reinstrumentalized critical poetics.

This is not to reduce the significance of Eliot’s poetic work, but conversely to gauge the fundamental importance of a poetics that The Waste Land can only announce, so large as to An Organ of Documentation 31 evade direct critical summation. There is a paradox of sublimity here. Unlike The Waste Land, or even The Cantos, The Criterion presents a text that remains, in principle and largely in fact, unreadable. 18 Even were summary possible, the review’s simple form—produced by hundreds of hands, digesting material originating in multiple languages, spanning diverse historical moments, driven by Eliot’s eccentric private concerns and those of his regular correspondents—unmoors even the most adventurous critical protocols.

But insofar as the poem’s fundamental mechanism of signification lies beyond or beneath the range of inscribed effects visible on the page, grounded in some other text, Eliot’s method divides the structure of the poem against itself. 16 As we will see, The Waste Land operates more essentially as a de-circumscription of poetic language, simultaneously 28 EPIC NEGATION impoverishing the sensuous or aesthetic stratum of unmediated sense—what its language manifestly says or means—and reinvesting the poem’s hermeneutic operations elsewhere, in a theoretically interminable act of critical reconstruction.

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