Vorticism Summary

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Essays & Analysis (22)

2,500 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, Wees documents Lewis's activities as the founding figure of the Vorticist movement. In 1914 Wyndham Lewis devoted much of his time to what he described as his "un... Read more
5,423 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Wees analyses Pound's role in the development of Vorticism. Vorticism stands at the center of Ezra Pound's twelve-year stay in London (1908-1920), and it represen... Read more
3,205 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following essay, Lipke and Rozran criticize William Wees's definition of Vorticism. I In Who's Who (London) for the years 1915 through 1918, Ezra Pound contributed the following e... Read more
1,994 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following essay, Wees debates Lipke and Rozran's critique of his definition of Vorticism. As late as 1956 Ezra Pound was still trying to make people understand what Vorticism was. In a l... Read more
4,580 words, approx. 16 pages
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 colour... Read more
5,670 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Isaak compares the Vorticist movement to Russian Futurism. "What strikes me as beautiful, what I should like to do," Flaubert wrote, "is a book without ext... Read more
11,796 words, approx. 40 pages
In the following essay, Sheppard examines the similarities and differences between Vorticism and German Expressionism. Writing in mid-1914, Ezra Pound indicated that he saw an affinity between Vortici... Read more
7,074 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following essay, Graver provides an analysis of Lewis's play Enemy of the Stars. Lewis and Ezra Pound coined the concept "vorticism" to identify the artistic trend that inc... Read more
5,484 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Klein explores the narrative motifs that dominate Vorticist drama. Wyndham Lewis was the only writer and painter in England during the early part of the twentieth century who w... Read more
2,672 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, Pound explains the forms and techniques of Vorticist painting. There is perhaps no more authentic sign of the senility of a certain generation of publicists (now, thank heaven,... Read more
1,005 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following excerpt, Baker presents a negative perspective on Vorticist art. In having degenerated so suddenly into such a bore, the Vorticists, or whatever they used to call themselves, have bee... Read more
2,899 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following excerpt, Lewis discusses his involvement in the Vorticist movement and his editorship of Blast. At some time during the six months that preceded the declaration of war, very suddenly,... Read more
735 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following essay, Cournos outlines the effects of World War I on Vorticist art. —"Where there is no wit, there is insolence." As an example of this truth we have Mr. Ezra Po... Read more
3,369 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, Sypher discusses the artists associated with Vorticism. Well under way is a revival of interest in the era of World War I, and not only as the first machine age. Witness the ma... Read more
2,405 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, Lipke documents the impact of Italian Futurism on Vorticist painting. The events which marked the Futurist 'invasion' of English soil from 1911 through the summer... Read more
637 words, approx. 3 pages
The following piece appeared as the opening manifesto to the first issue of Blast. Long live the great art vortex sprung up in the centre of this town! We stand for the Reality of the Present—n... Read more
1,267 words, approx. 5 pages
The following piece was the second manifesto published in the first issue of Blast and appeared above the signature of Lewis, Pound, and other members of the Vorticist movement. I Beyond Action and R... Read more
5,066 words, approx. 17 pages
In the following essay, Dasenbrock considers Vorticism in in the context of other literary and artistic movements of the period. Though BLAST is principally thought of today as the magazine of Vortici... Read more
5,894 words, approx. 20 pages
In the following essay, Materer provides an overview of Vorticist theories and artistic forms. At the age of 77, Ezra Pound published his final memorial to the Vortex, the association he began with Wy... Read more
6,135 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Tucker studies Pound's contribution to Vorticism as well as its influence on his work. Groups set the tone for artistic London in the second decade of the century. The s... Read more
10,217 words, approx. 35 pages
In the following essay, Rae examines the art and literature of the Vorticist movement. Ezra Pound's proudest contribution to the Vorticist journal Blast, and the only poem that he was ever to i... Read more
6,558 words, approx. 22 pages
In the following essay, Rose examines the careers and friendship of Lewis and Pound from 1910 to 1920. Of Ezra Pound's many and celebrated literary associations, that with Wyndham Lewis has the... Read more