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W. B. Yeats's A VisionExplications and Contexts$
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Neil Mann, Matthew Gibson, and Claire Nally

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780983533924

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780983533924.001.0001

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A Vision of Ezra Pound

A Vision of Ezra Pound

Chapter:
(p.252) A Vision of Ezra Pound
Source:
W. B. Yeats's A Vision
Author(s):

Catherine E. Paul

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780983533924.003.0010

Ezra Pound was an important figure in W. B. Yeats’s imagination in the genesis, development, explication and dissemination of the system of A Vision. Beginning with the time that Yeats and his new wife, George, spent at Stone Cottage together (during which they began their automatic writing sessions), continuing through their travels in Italy and residence in Rapallo, and culminating in Pound’s role as the intended recipient of the “Packet” that opens the second version of A Vision, Ezra Pound’s presence is persistent. Drawing together many strands of Yeats’s and Pound’s literary and personal relationships (including Pound’s appearance in early drafts and versions of A Vision), as well as some examination of parallels between their work, this essay argues for the centrality of Pound to A Vision, further suggesting that A Vision and The Cantos are in conversation with one another, as different means of exploring modernism’s more esoteric aspects.

Keywords:   A Vision, automatic writing, The Cantos, Ezra Pound, modernism, Rapallo, Stone Cottage, W B Yeats

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