The Vorticists celebrated the energy and dynamism of the modern machine age and When poet Ezra Pound named the group, he employed the image of the. Vorticism stands at the center of Ezra Pound’s twelve-year stay in London ( ), and it represents his fullest commitment to the attitudes, the activities. EZRA POUND AND VORTICISM: A POLITE BLAST. William C. Lipke and Bernard W. Rozran. I. In Who’s Who (London) for the years through , Ezra.

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Pound conjured up a continual pursuit for literary advancement.

The group was dedicated to discovering new philosophies of thought and experimenting with new changes in verse form.

Objectivity, efficiency and creativity seem to be the three pillars that this group was founded on. The poets who call themselves imagists write with these aspects at the forefront of their art. Poems like A Pact and In a Station of the Metro exemplify the imagist movement toward simplicity mixed with an objective perspective.

The Rest and The R eturn challenge traditional meter and voice by using lyrical pattern and repetition. Despite the success of these poems, it is interesting to look at other works of Pound and their lack of inclusion in the anthology. The lateral vibrations caress me, They leap and caress me, They work pathetically in my favour, They seek my financial good. She of the spear stands present.


The gods of fzra underworld attend me, O Annubis, These are they of thy company. With a pathetic solicitude they attend me; Undulant, Their realm is the lateral courses.

I am up to follow thee, Pallas. Up and out of their caresses. You were gone up as a rocket, Bending your passages from right to left and from left to right In the flat projection of a spiral.

The gods of drugged sleep attend me, Wishing me well; I am up to follow thee, Pallas. This poem discusses the counter-forces at play on an individual when he or she is awake or asleep.

The Reader feels the intense power of light and dark, due to the spelled out descriptions of the actions taking place in the poem.

Ezra Pound’s Blast from Imagism to Vorticism

Pound uses word and phrase repetition in this piece, which is very anti-imagist. He also uses old English style and word choice, suggesting almost a romantic feel. Wzra began to carry a style of sentimentality that he did not appreciate. Out of this he created a new movement called Vorticism, which suggested a force rather than an image.


Ezra Pound on Vorticism

In this poem in particular the reader can see the prominent dynamistic tone, which came to more minutely define Vorticism. Dynamism can be defined as the quality of being characterized by vigorous activity and progress.

There is no need for the reader to infer what is happening in the poem because it is now actually acted out by the speaker. Great archival work here.

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