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Quantum Poetics : Yeats, Pound, Eliot, and the Science of Modernism - Daniel Albright

Quantum Poetics

Yeats, Pound, Eliot, and the Science of Modernism

Hardcover Published: 3rd July 2003
ISBN: 9780521573054
Number Of Pages: 320

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Quantum Poetics examines the Modernist appropriation of scientific metaphors as part of a general search for the preverbal origins of poetry. The poetic possibilities offered by developments in scientific discourse intrigued Yeats, Eliot and Pound, writers intent on remapping the general theory of poetry. Using models supplied by physicists, Yeats sought for the basic units of poetic force, both through his sequence A Vision and through his belief in, and defense of, the purity of symbols. Daniel Albright demonstrates how Modernists created a whole new way of thinking about poetry and science as two different aspects of the same quest.

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'Quantum Poetics offers a better context in which to make sense of Modernism's obsessive need to isolate elementary literary units: 'classicism', for example, might explain the temperament that produced the vortex, but reference to science explains the force and motion of the vortex itself. Best of all, Albright gives us a new way to understand how Modernism's various characteristic ambivalences resolve themselves.' Journal of English and Germanic Philology

List of illustrations
Notes on references
Yeats-s Waves
Yeats-s figures as reflections in water
Yeats and the avant-garde
The theme of homunculus: Yeats and Wyndham Lewis
Yeats and the sublime
Pound-s Particles
Minima (elementary particles of modernist poetry)
Symbol (Yeats-s precursor to Pound-s image)
The decay of symbols
Things in themselves (Pound-s anti-allegorism)
Image (Kandinsky, Brancusi, Tchelitchew)
Units of rhythm (Antheil)
The decay of vortices
The null set (Hugh Selwyn Mauberley)
Eliot-s Waves
Monadological metaphors in Eliot-s early work
Narratives tied in knots
Christ-particles in Eliot-s late work (relief form the waves)
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ISBN: 9780521573054
ISBN-10: 052157305X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 3rd July 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.66