Ezra pound old possum book

A loathsome ezra pound and his devoted lovers in treason some plays begin with a question and eventually answer it. An introduction to old possums book of practical cats the. Old possums book of practical cats the british library. Eliot owed an eternal debt of gratitude to pound il miglior fabbro for his editorial shaping of the waste land. Many examples of their personal connection are to be found. Perhaps best known for, other than to his literary public, old possum s book of practical cats 1939, which was popularized by andrew lloyd webber in the theatrical musical show cats. A real catperson, eliot had many throughout his life and initially wrote cat poems for his godchildren. An introduction to old possums book of practical cats the british. Valerie eliot, esme valerie fletcher, british editor born aug. Old possum s book of practical cats 1939 is a collection of whimsical light poems by t. Pound s the cantos contains music and bears a title that could be translated as the songsalthough it never is. He became known for his role in developing imagism, which, in reaction to the victorian and georgian poets, favored tight language, unadorned imagery, and a strong correspondence between the verbal and musical qualities of the verse and the mood it expressed. Old possums book of practical cats pennys poetry pages. Old possum s book of practical cats harvest book by t.

Eliots whimsical book, old possums book of practical cats subsequently made into the successful musical show, cats, on the london and broadway stages stems from pounds nickname for eliot. Eliot was given the nickname possum by ezra pound, who got it from uncle remus, joel chandler harriss compilation of plantation folktales, which was published in 1880. Who is the mysterious stetson in ts eliots waste land. It is the basis for the recordsetting musical cats.

Old possums book of practical cats is a book of comic verse by the american modernist poet t s eliot. Critics suggest the puns and silliness hinted at eliots sense of humor and counteracting the serious reputation hed earned with most of his literary output, like the lovesong of j. Old possums book of practical cats the fitzrovia chapel. Old possums book of practical cats the illustrated old possum. Macavity, the mystery cat mr mistofelees, the original conjuring cat mungojerrie and. Written by ezra pound, wb yeats, robert graves, edna st. Eliots old possum nickname became common knowledge in literary circles, and he even published old possum s book of practical cats in 1939. His life story offers insight into the modernist era and the creation of a poet. Alfred prufrock, the waste land, the hollow men, ash wednesday and the ariel poems.

Though this seems surprising given the seriousness of the rest of eliots output, the waste land 1922, for example, contains passages of nursery rhyme and popular song. Ts eliots 1939 old possum s book of practical cats was flippant and lolloping verse, loosely adapted for the stage by andrew lloyd webber in the late 70s and early 80s. He settled in england in 1915, the year in which he married vivienne haigh wood and also met his contemporary ezra pound for the first time. Eliot 18881965, one of the 20th centuries greatest poets, found the cat an inspiration for the naming of cats, a lengthy poem about the importance of cats names, which was the basis for the long running broadway hit cats by andrew lloyd webber. Introduction to early modern literature flashcards quizlet. Eliots old possum nickname became common knowledge in literary circles, and he even published old possums book of practical cats in 1939. A clue to eliots intention is found in his choice of title. Eliot was given the nickname possum by ezra pound, who got it from.

Online shopping from a great selection at kindle store store. They were collected and published in 1939 with cover. Though this seems surprising given the seriousness of the rest of eliots output, the waste land 1922, for. Than this hour of clear coolness, the hour of waking together. Nov 21, 2019 poems 191821, including three portraits and four cantos by ezra pound. Though the book was less straightforward than, say, eliots turn to kids writing in old possum s book of practical cats, the basis for the musical cats, it was a success. Ezra pound got into much trouble eventually, and there continues to be a good deal of handwringing as to whether eliot was an antisemite or, if he was, whether he remained so. Eliots book old possum s book of practical cats might have been a tribute to ezra pound s love of cats, as pound was nicknamed old possum. Eliots best friends, played an instrumental role in his friends literary career. Government for his part as a propagandist in mussolinis italy. David moody is a biography about a part of the life of ezra pound. Pound s ear was tuned to the motz et sons of troubadour poetry where, as musicologist john stevens has noted, melody and ezra weston loomis pound was an american expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the. Eliot 18881965, to whom she was married from 1957 until his death, and the guardian of his legacy.

Ezra pound has 343 books on goodreads with 56563 ratings. Pound was born in a small, twostorey house in hailey, idaho territory on october 30, 1885. Old possums book of practical cats is a book of comic verse by the american modernist poet t s eliot the works contained are nonsense poems in the tradition of edward lear. Francesca hayward, the pick of the litter in cats the.

Eliot was nicknamed old possum by his close comrade in modernist poetry, ezra pound il miglior fabbro, the better craftsman, as he is hailed in the dedication to the waste land. The works contained are nonsense poems in the tradition of edward lear. Eliot was an americanborn british author who is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the 20th century. It serves as the basis for andrew lloyd webber s musical cats. It was fellow poet ezra pound who first gave the nickname old possum to eliot. Selected poems of ezra pound new directions paperbook book. Eliot holy sonnets john donne old possum s book of practical cats t. Francesca hayward, the pick of the litter in cats the new. Old possums book of practical cats cats musical wiki fandom. The naming of cats the naming of cats is a difficult matter, it isnt just one of your holiday games.

Old possums book of practical cats is a collection of whimsical poems by t s eliot about feline. Old possum s book of practical cats is a collection of whimsical poems by t. Browse through our first edition books by the famous poet and writer, t. Ezra pound, in full ezra loomis pound, born october 30, 1885, hailey, idaho, u. Dorothy pound responded with a letter devoted to cat chat, describing how ezra pound s black cat swartz wouldnt walk across the snowcovered rooftops in rapallo. Eliot was nicknamed old possum by his close comrade in modernist poetry, ezra pound il miglior fabbro, the better craftsman, as he is hailed. Signin to download and listen to this audiobook today. Eliot, including old possum s book of practical cats, and the waste land and other poems, and more on. Nov 07, 2015 bearing in mind eliots penchant for threepart names, including the hero of his wellknown earlier work the love song of j alfred prufrock, and the feline stars of his old possums book of. While its primary purpose has been to increase knowledge and appreciation of any matters of historic, artistic, architectural, literary, musical or theatrical interest, mrs eliot concentrated on literary, educational and theatrical endeavours, as do the present trustees. Eliots whimsical book, old possum s book of practical cats subsequently made into the successful musical show, cats, on the london and broadway stages stems from pound s nickname for eliot.

And the jew squats on the window sill, the owner spawned in some estaminet of antwerp gerontion. Eliots most popular books, in its original dust jacket designed and drawn by eliot. The source material, old possums book of practical cats, is a collection of poems that t. Old possum s book of practical cats discussion 180 views. Octavo, original yellow cloth, uncut, original dust jacket. Ezra weston loomis pound 30 october 1885 1 november 1972 was an expatriate american poet and critic, a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement, and a fascist sympathizer. Old possums book of practical cats by t s eliot the british library. Old possums book of practical cats with fullcolor illustrations. Source of the nickname was an old compact by which poet pound undertook to attack british literary lethargy from afar i. Ezra pound, 18851972 ezra weston loomis pound ezra pound, along with t.

Old possums book of practical cats can safely be classed as perhaps his lightest piece of work. Cantos ezra pound earliest english poems anonymous epithalamion and prothalamion edmund spenser essay on criticism alexander pope essay on man alexander pope four quartets t. Collection includes eeldrop and appleplex, ezra pound his metric and poetry, poems, prufrock and other observations, and more. The man in white spats, meanwhile, was inspired by two of eliots welldressed friends, john hayward and. She published an acclaimed edition of the waste land, complete with notes from ezra pound. Treason, a new play by sallie bingham at the perry street theater, does. In 1939, eliot published a book of light verse, old possum s book of practical cats old possum was ezra pound s nickname for him. This highly entertaining anthology of verse is the comic, tragic, tender, and telling story of lifes seven ages, from childhood to old age. Old possums book of practical cats critical essays.

Alfred prufrock, was awarded the nobel prize in literature in 1948. Jul 12, 2017 langston hughess letter to ezra pound poet to poet a new book of the poets letters includes missives to richard wright, james baldwin, and the modernist pound. Possum was the affectionate nickname given to eliot by ezra pound, a fellow expatriate american poet whom he met in london. This book offers a compact yet representative selection of ezra pounds poems and translations. Eliots classic old possums poetry collection, starring. Eliots writings ranged from the dark despair of the hollow men, 1925, to the whimsical old possum s book of practical cats, 1939.

Pound was an outstanding editoreliot called him il miglior fabbro, the finer craftsmanand nudged eliots poems into the masterpieces they are today. Good press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. The source material, old possum s book of practical cats, is a collection of poems that t. Alfred prufrock through the postwar desolation of the waste land and the spiritual struggle of ashwednesday, to the enduring charm of old possum s book of practical cats. Within the framework of shakespeares speech, the seven ages of man, performed by sir ian mckellen, are 150 great poems from all ages, from chaucer to emily dickinson to walt whitman and many others. Valerie eliot founded old possums practical trust in january 1990. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology, published by faber and faber. The poems were written during the 1930s and included by eliot, under his assumed name old possum, in letters to his godchildren. Vincent millay, richard eberhart, philip levine, marianne moore, audiobook narrated by ezra pound, wb yeats, robert graves, edna st. Eliot and twentyeightyear old ezra pound met on this day in 1914, one of the most famous friendships and collaborations in twentiethcentury literature beginning with a cup of tea in pound s kensington flat. Eliots old possum nickname became common knowledge in literary circles, and he even published old possum s book. Eliot goblin market christina rossetti hollow men t.

Old possums book of practical cats first edition t. Vincent millay, richard eberhart, marianne moore, stephen spender. Once he collated and published the 15 poems, he named the book using his nickname, old possum given to him by ezra pound and referred to his cats as practical to show that they had will and purpose. The result, published in 1939, was old possums book of practical. In 1982 the cover of the book was illustrated by the fabulous edward gorey. The man who had been nicknamed old possum years before by ezra pound had published the love song of j. Ezra pounds most popular book is selected poems of ezra pound. Jan 18, 2010 by appropriating the old language from the literature of their youth, eliot and pound considered themselves to be at the forefront of poetic ingenuity. Eliot, whose most popular works include the waste land and the love song of j. Voices of poetry, volume 2 audiobook by ezra pound, wb. Langston hughess letter to ezra pound the daily beast. Published in 1951, it was the first comprehensive examination of the cantos and other major works that would strongly influence the course of contemporary poetry. He himself was old possum, a nickname from ezra pound, and the poems were intended for his godchildren. She won admiration for her edition of the waste land.

This pioneering study did much to rehabilitate ezra pound s reputation after a long period of critical hostility and neglect. Originally broadcast on bbc radio 4, jeremy irons perceptive reading illuminates the poetry of t. Ezra weston loomis pound was an american expatriate poet and critic and a major figure in the early modernist movement in poetry. Eliot were penpals and sometimes wrote letters in the style of uncle remus stories, mimicking the stereotype of. It serves as the basis for andrew lloyd webbers 1981 musical cats eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s, and included them, under his assumed name old possum, in letters to his godchildren. Eliot 1939 first american edition volume from the library of t. Valerie eliot helped shape a writing legends legacy. Eliot wrote the poems in the 1930s, and included them, under his assumed name old possum, in letters to his. A champion of americas great writers and timeless works, library of america guides readers in finding and exploring the exceptional writing that reflects the nations history and culture. Eliot at the top, but the central banner statement is.

Old possums book of practical cats was published on 5th october 1939 in an edition of 3005 copies at 36d and proved early on to. Old possum s book of practical cats was published on 5th october 1939 in an edition of 3005 copies at 36d and proved early on to be popular with fans old and new. Eliot, was one of the two main influences on british and u. An introduction to old possums book of practical cats. Bearing in mind eliots penchant for threepart names, including the hero of his wellknown earlier work the love song of j alfred prufrock, and the feline stars of his old possum s book of. Aside from the author of old possum s book of practical cats, faber and faber were and always has been deeply committed to poetry and its stable of poets during the eliot era included ezra pound, w. By appropriating the old language from the literature of their youth, eliot and pound considered themselves to be at the forefront of poetic ingenuity. It was ezra pound, you know, who dubbed me old possum, eliot once. Make offer old possum s book of practical cats by t. Old possums book of practical cats old possum was the contemporary american poet ezra pounds nickname for eliot. Old possum s book of practical cats, first edition signed by t s eliot. Eliot and his creepy mentorcrony ezra pound peppered their snooty rags with antisemitic jibes and worse. Books by ezra pound author of selected poems of ezra pound. The name old possum came from ezra pound, his nickname for eliot.

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