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Quantum poetics : Yeats, Pound, Eliot, and the science of modernism

Author: Daniel Albright
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Quantum Poetics is a study of the way Modernist poets appropriated scientific metaphors as part of a general search for the pre-verbal origins of poetry. In this wide-ranging and eloquent study, leading Modernist scholar Daniel Albright examines Yeats's, Eliot's, and Pound's search for the elementary particles from which poems were constructed. The poetic possibilities offered by developments in scientific discourse
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: W B Yeats; T S Eliot; Ezra Pound; W B Yeats; T S Eliot; Ezra Pound; T S Eliot; Ezra Pound; W B Yeats
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Albright
ISBN: 052157305X 9780521573054
OCLC Number: 34413322
Description: x, 307 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Yeats's waves. 1. Yeats's figures as reflections in water. 2. Yeats and the avant-garde. 3. The theme of homunculus: Yeats and Wyndham Lewis. 4. Yeats and the sublime --
Ch. 2. Pound's particles. 1. Minima (elementary particles of modernist poetry). 2. Symbol (Yeats's precursor to Pound's image). 3. The decay of symbols. 4. Things in themselves (Pound's anti-allegorism). 5. Image (Kandinsky, Brancusi, Tchelitchew). 6. Units of rhythm (Antheil). 7. Ideogram. 8. Vortex. 9. The decay of vortices. 10. The null set (Hugh Selwyn Mauberley) --
Ch. 3. Eliot's waves. 1. Monadological metaphors in Eliot's early work. 2. Narratives tied in knots. 3. Christ-particles in Eliot's late work (relief from the waves).
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