Vorticism | Ezra Pound

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of Vorticism.
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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 isn't this art futurism?" "Why isn't?" "Why don't?" and above all: "What, in Heaven's name, has it got to do with your Imagiste poetry?"

Let me explain at leisure, and in nice, orderly, old-fashioned prose.

We are all futurists to the extent of believing with Guillaume Appollonaire that...

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