Vorticism Vorticist Writing - Essay

Vorticist Writing

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Ezra Pound

SOURCE: "Vorticism," in Fortnightly Review, Vol. XCVI, July-December, 1914, pp. 461-71.

[In the following excerpt, Pound explains Vorticist poetry.]

"It is no more ridiculous that a person should receive or convey an emotion by means of an arrangement of shapes, or planes, or colours, than that they should receive or convey such emotion by an arrangement of musical notes."

I suppose this proposition is self-evident. Whistler said as much, some years ago, and Pater proclaimed that "All arts approach the conditions of music."

Whenever I say this I am greeted with a storm of "Yes, but.…" "But why...

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