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Science in Modern PoetryNew Directions$
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John Holmes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318092

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317743

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Ezra Pound and the Materiality of the Fourth Dimension

Ezra Pound and the Materiality of the Fourth Dimension

(p.130) Chapter 8 Ezra Pound and the Materiality of the Fourth Dimension
Science in Modern Poetry

Ian F. A. Bell

Liverpool University Press

This chapter describes how Ezra Pound discovered the aesthetic potential of the concept of Vorticism and fourth-dimensional thought and integrated this into his writings. In his ‘Vorticism’ essay, Pound emphasized the extent to which the Vorticist surface belongs to advances in Euclidean geometry, offering ‘Descartian’ or analytic geometry as the creative idiom. It is suggested that modernist poetics availed itself of trajectories within fourth-dimensional thought through a telling of obliquity, and that Vorticism and its allied activities provide the most generative ground.

Keywords:   Ezra Pound, fourth-dimensional thought, Vorticism, non-Euclidean geometry

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