Winter 1956 • Vol. XVIII No. 1 Book Reviews |

The Truth about Hulme

Further Speculations by T. E. Hulme. Edited by Sam Hynes. University of Minnesota Press. $4.50. The weighty role of T. E. Hulme in the development of modern poetry has received considerable attention from historians of culture and from literary critics. But the precise nature of his significance has been differentiated in three ways. Influential persons have, during the last thirty years, described him variously as Father, Midwife, or Traducer of 20th Century English and American poetry. The most commonly accepted notion, the received academic view, is that Hulme singlehandedly or by parthogenesis spawned out of his own fertile brain the aesthetic concepts upon which much modern poetry rests. Sometimes a little intravenous feeding by French Symbolist poetry is allowed for. Those who are aligned here point out the reliance of Ezra Pound's famous injunctions to Imagists (in 1912 and later) on Hulme's prior aesthetic formulations. They see Pound's Dont's and Do's as the secular pro

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Further Speculations by T. E. Hulme. Edited by Sam Hynes. University of Minnesota Press. $4.50. The weighty role of T. E. Hulme in the development of modern poetry has received […]

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