Expressive metrics : the context and development of some prosodic principles in the poetry of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, 1908-1915.
This thesis focuses primarily upon three areas: a comparative analysis of those
prosodic theories which form the historical context of the years 1908 - 1915; the ways in
which Eliot and Pound came into contact with this discussion and the extent to which it
contributes to their own criticism; and finally an analysis of how Pound and Eliot's poems
from this period are conditioned by their authors' relationship to the then concurrent debates
surrounding metrical form.
Chapter One seeks to establish something of the origins of the core debate over
metrical format, demonstrating the contrasting views upon the precise locus of 'form, ' as
well as its continuance, and how these views affected poets writing in England to whom
Pound and Eliot were later drawn. Chapter Two compares and contrasts the views of
American authors on these subjects, suggesting how through an alternative relationship to
"tradition, " American poets and pro sodists developed a more self-consciously radical
approach. In Chapter Three, the focus is upon how Pound and Eliot came into contact with
these attitudes and, based upon their own criticism, what their individual responses were.
Chapter Four analyses the practical results these matters had for Eliot's early poetry, while
Chapter Five offers a comparable analysis of Pound's early style(s).