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Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry

Volume 6, Issue 13, Fall 2010

Peter Nicholls
Pages 28-40

A Necessary Blindness
Ezra Pound and Rhythm

Modernism is often characterised by its appeal to painting rather than to music as a model of literary form. This essay explores what is taken to be a continuing dependence on metre and rhythm as types of signification. From Swinburne and Mallarmé through to Pound and Eliot, it is argued, poets looked to “musical” effects of verse as rich sources of memory and association.

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