Hugh Selwyn Mauberley Essay

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In the following essay, San Juan advocates focusing on the end results of Mauberley, rather than the means used to achieve those ends.

Conceived as a poem with formal parts so unified as to subserve the whole—complete and possessing a certain magnitude—Pound's Hugh Selwyn Mauberley reveals its virtues and powers in the style—the devices of representation—by which the poet is able to "imitate" or render in expressive form the subtle, refined workings of a unique sensibility. Our idea of the sensibility to which we attribute the nuances of attitudes and feelings, the antinomies of imaginative logic, articulated in the poem is of course an inference which depends on our grasp of the structure of the poem itself. For Pound, sensibility is a method of transfiguring personae or masks in order to actualize a complex harmony of vision. In Mauberley, the speaking voice syncopates in...

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