n English in Africa - Comment on a questionnaire
|Article Title||Comment on a questionnaire|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||English in Africa|
|Publication Date||Dec 2013|
|Pages||43 - 44|
'Reactions against the modernism of Eliot and Pound.' Does this mean that these two are to be lifted from the context of mainstream Poetry-in-English? Afraid I regard them as very much a 'mainstream' pair - their language, their 'modernism' as historically inevitable. Their much-lauded (once) 'freeing of Language' was a fine and necessary development. Probably behoves some of us to re-examine this achievement and acknowledge it. To condemn the pair as American seems far-fetched. Viable poetry is being produced in many lands and apart from geographical shading or colour I often find it impossible to state (as some brave souls can) this was composed by an American, Englishman, Chinese.
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