Vorticism | Literature Criticism Ezra Pound

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of Vorticism.
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Ezra Pound

SOURCE: "Affirmations," in The New Age, Vol. XVI, No. 11, January, 14, 1915, pp. 277-8.

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, gradually fading from the world) than their abject terror in the face of motive ideas. An age may be said to be decadent, or a generation may be said to be in a state of prone senility, when its creative minds are dead and when its survivors maintain a mental dignity—to wit, the dignity or stationariness of a corpse in its cerements. Excess or even absinthe is not the sure sign of decadence. If a man is capable of creative, or even of mobile, thought he will not go in terror of other men so endowed. He will not...

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