Read the full text of the poem Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. by Ezra Pound. Home / ; Poetry /; Hugh Selwyn Mauberley /; The Poem. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley /; The. Ezra Pound: Poems Summary and Analysis of “Hugh Selwyn poem, Pound introduces the title character, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, who is still. A reading of Pound’s poem Hugh Selwyn Mauberley () is a long poem by the American-born modernist poet Ezra Pound ().

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So, as well as being about poetry itself, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley is also about WWI and the effect of the war and its aftermath on the generation to which Pound belonged his earlier associate, T. Hulmehad been killed in the war in Pound explained his approach to the dramatic lyric in a letter to his friend William Carlos Williams who himself would become an important modernist poet, but over the other side of the Atlantic. The influential critic F. Eliot and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The poem also hammers home just how exhausted the older, Romantic mode of English poetry had become by the early twentieth century. Poetry needed to be revitalised and rejuvenated, but nobody — not even Pound — was clear about what needed to be done. Leavis also observed that Hugh Selwyn Mauberley is a great autobiographical poem, but with the impersonality that we find in great art again, we feel that T.


One question to ask ourselves of this poem is: If the poem is partly about how selwym Romantic age of poetry is exhausted, then how would the impersonality of the poem, and the quatrain form it utilises in various ways, help to reflect this? So although Mauberley is written in quatrains, Pound allows himself to depart from the regularity of the quatrain form — something he does particularly in sections IV and V of the first part of the poem, mauberlwy discussing the breakdown of civilisation that had culminated, recently, in the First World War.

Mauberley is attacking the cheapened philistine consumerism of the modern age, but are we also being invited to laugh at Mauberley? He is an aesthete, a self-conscious poet, out of key with the age in which he lives; we can find ourselves responding sympathetically to such a person but we can also find him ezrz and a bit ridiculous.


In the last analysis, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley — like many yugh modernist poems — refuses to be pinned down or to have its paradoxes and contradictions resolved in a neat or glib way. But that really is another story.

Ezra Pound photographed in Kensington, London, October 22, Knopf, ; Wikimedia Commons; public domain. Reblogged this on Misanthropester.

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