Between Positivism and T.S. Eliot
That attitude was dominant during the rest ofhe 19th century.o many readers and critics, T.E.Hulme represents little more thasn a footnote.e is vaguely known as one of the precursors of the far more interesting.S.Eliot, for which reason some lip-service may be paid to him, but his ownchievement is h...
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|Summary:||That attitude was dominant during the rest ofhe 19th century.o many readers and critics, T.E.Hulme represents little more thasn a footnote.e is vaguely known as one of the precursors of the far more interesting.S.Eliot, for which reason some lip-service may be paid to him, but his ownchievement is hardly ever referred to.ulme and the Imagists represent an intermediary stage between Tennysonnd Eliot, but they are more than mere stepping-stones. Besides being experimentingoets, most of them are acute critics of art and literature, prescriptivelys well as descriptively. Hulme’s theories are sketchy, his presentation notnfrequently confusing, and his poetry mostly fragments. The following pagesttempt to analyse his oeuvre, a material hardly anybody has taken the troubleo consider in its entirety, He understood that some form of theory is a usefulccompaniment of poetic practice, and, like his Imagist friends, he made theoetic image the focus of his attention.|
The Imagists were opposed not only tohe monopoly of science, scientia scientium, which claimed to be able to decidehat truth and reality “really” were, but also to the “Tennysonianisms”, which,hey felt, had made poetry predictable and insipid.#xD;This book attempts to get to grips with the watershed. owe Professor Lars Ole Sauerberg my heartfelt gratitude for his advice,ncouragement and patience during the process of writing this book.
Several critics have been intrigued by the gap between late Victorian poetry and the more “modern” poetry of the 1920s. It is my contention that a close analysisf the poetry and criticism written in the first decade of the 20th century andntil the end of the First World War – excluding war poetry – will be rewardingf we want to acquire a greater understanding of the transition.he book is not meant as a total overview of the intellectual climate in Englandrom Tennyson to Eliot. Rather, it describes the development that tooklace within art and literature – especially poetry – as a reaction against theositivist attitude. Early in the 19th century, science came to be taken as thepposite of poetry because the Romanticists conceived of the lyrical poem ashe outlet of the poet’s feelings.