Pound and Surrealism

Pound and Surrealism

Francis Picabia "Transparence"Surrealism was not central to Pound’s poetics; but it is possible to argue that Pound was a Surrealist without quite knowing it. According to the usual taxonomies of twentieth-century art, Pound stands almost diametrically opposed to the Dadaist/Surrealist movement: if Tristan Tzara, Max Ernst, André Breton work to obliterate normal meaning, Pound works to intensify meaning, to kindle concrete particulars into ideogrammic blazes of meaning. But nonsense and excessive sense are extremes that tend to converge.

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