If Kenneth Burke was such good friends with William Carlos Williams, and if WCW thought so highly of his poetic protege Louis Zukofsky, then why did Burke consider some of Zukofsky's lines "absolutely hideous"?
Student: “But what does this Cummings poem even MEAN?” Teacher: “Uhh…” Though the student’s question is flawed from the outset—to ask what an E.E. Cummings poem “means” is to miss the point entirely—it remains a common concern for readers approaching these poems for the first time. And if we are to, as Richard Kostelanetz argues … Continue reading The Utilitarian Language of E.E. Cummings
Though Ezra Pound said of Frederick Nietzsche’s “will to power” that “[n]othing more vulgar, in the worst sense of the word, has ever been sprung on a dallying intelligentsia” (Feng Lan, Ezra Pound and Confucianism 119), the true relationship between Nietzsche’s theory and Pound’s own “will toward order” belies the poet’s loud protestations. Pound desired … Continue reading Pound, Nietzsche, and the “Will to Power”