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Instigations free pdf The time when the intellectual affairs of America could be conducted on a monolingual basis is over. It has been irksome for long. The intellectual life of London is dependent on people who understand the French language about as well as their own. America's part in contemporary culture is based chiefly upon two men familiar with Paris: Whistler and Henry James. It is something in the nature of a national disgrace that a New Zealand paper, "The Triad," should be more alert to, and have better regular criticism of, contemporary French publications than any American periodical has yet had. I had wished to give but a brief anthology[1] of French poems, interposing no comment of my own between author and reader- confining my criticism to selection. But that plan was not feasible. I was indebted to MM. Davray and Valette for cordial semi-permissions to quote the "Mercure" publications. Certain delicate wines will not travel- they are not always the best wines. Foreign criticism may sometimes correct the criticism du cru. I cannot pretend to give the reader a summary of contemporary French opinion, but certain French poets have qualities strong enough to be perceptible to me, that is, to at least one alien reader- certain things are translatable from one language to another, a tale or an image will "translate"- music will, practically, never translate- and if a work be taken abroad in the original tongue, certain properties seem to become less apparent, or less important. Fancy styles, questions of local "taste," lose importance. Even though I know the overwhelming importance of technique, technicalities in a foreign tongue cannot have for me the importance they have to a man writing in that tongue- almost the only technique perceptible to a foreigner is the presentation of content as free as possible from the clutteration of dead technicalities, fustian a la Louis XV- and from timidities of workmanship. This is perhaps the only technique that ever matters, the only maestria. Mediocre poetry is, I think, the same everywhere- there is not the slightest need to import it- we search foreign tongues for maestria and for discoveries not yet revealed in the home product. The critic of a foreign literature must know a reasonable amount of the bad poetry of the nation he studies if he is to attain any sense of proportion. He will never be as sensitive to fine shades of language as the native- he has, however, a chance of being less bound, less allied to some group of writers. It would be politic for me to praise as many living French-men as possible, and thereby to increase the number of my chances for congenial acquaintance on my next trip to Paris, and to have a large number of current French books sent to me to review. But these rather broad and general temptations can scarcely lead me to praise one man instead of another. If I have thrown over current French opinion, I must urge that foreign opinion has at times been a corrective. England has never accepted the continental opinion of Byron- the right estimate lies perhaps between the two. Heine is, I have heard, better read outside Germany than within. The continent has never accepted the idiotic British adulation of Milton- on the other hand, the idiotic neglect of Landor has never been rectified by the continent."

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Author : Ezra Pound
Publisher : Createspace
Data Published : 02 July 2014
ISBN : 1499768958
EAN : 9781499768954
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 126 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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