“Aware of the great environmental changes going on around him, the serious artist, according to Pound, sees the primary end of his art in the creative exploration of his ordinarily invisible environmnent. He invents new artistic means such as the ‘image’ and the ‘ideogram;’ means, that is, which permit the creation of exploratory anti-environments while at the same time involving the reader in an act of co-creation, thus actively providing him with an indespensible perceptual and mental training.” Nänny, Max. Ezra Pound: Poetics for an Electric Age (Bern: Francke, 1973)
Interestingly enough, I’m intruigued by Nänny’s view that Pound was writing to/from/about/through the lens of being in the electric age. For the most part, his radical view of an oral modern culture in the writings of Pound are informed by the controversial ideas put forth by Marshall McLuhan. I must admit though, it makes sense to me so far that we incorporate our present environment within the structures of those previously learnt forms, but then again, I have yet to finish the book. So maybe what makes sense today will be nonsensical tomorrow, just in a different form (if that makes sense).
A POUND A DAY:
“Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.” –Ezra Pound