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Although W. B. Yeats's participation in seances and spirit manipulation is widely known, critics are likely to brush aside this as peripheral to his writing. no longer so, in line with Surette, an English professor on the college of Western Ontario, who perspectives Yeats's poetry as steeped within the occult. an intensive revision of the traditional interpretation of literary modernism, this scholarly, complicated learn argues that Ezra Pound was once as completely imbued with the occult as Yeats was once. Pound's mentors incorporated Yeats and A. R. Orage, a London occultist and Nietzschean from whom Pound imbibed Madam Helena Blavatsky's theosophical knowledge. In Surette's examining, Pound's Cantos articulate a theosophical imaginative and prescient of heritage. Surette is much less winning in becoming T. S. Eliot into his overarching thesis that modernism has roots within the occult. He detects pagan, gnostic and Hindu resources in Eliot's The Waste Land , which he reads as an anguished exploration of spiritual doubt.
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In an intensive revision of the normal view that literary modernism belongs to 20th-century clinical materialism and that the mythological components in such modernist works because the Waste Land and The Cantos are in simple terms factitious units, Surette files the origins of modernist aesthetics within the occult, displaying that Pound's early intimacy with Yeats used to be established mostly on a shared curiosity within the occult sciences, and that The Cantos is a deeply occult paintings. Annotation copyright e-book information, Inc. Portland, Or. --This textual content refers back to the Hardcover edition.

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