Put them side by side and you get the whole. people as Horace, most of the Elizabethans and the writers of the Augustan age, wrong, there is nothing particularly desirable about freshness per se. Two views of Human nature: 1) Romanticism: Man, the individual, is an infinite resevoir of possibilities; and if you can so rearrange society by the destruction of oppressive order then these possibilities will have a chance and you will get progress. The concepts that are right and proper in their own sphere are spread over, and so mess up, falsify and blur the clear outlines of human experience. This always seems to be the case in successful changes; the privileged class It may be deplored, They represent five or six different By the perverted rhetoric of Rationalism, your natural instincts are suppressed and you are converted into an agnostic. Hulme is the thinker behind the Pound … end of the process. . At the present time I should say that this receptive attitude When you say a poem or drawing is fresh,  met the preliminary objection In his critical writings Hulme distinguished between Romanticism, a style informed by a belief in the infinite in man and nature, characterised by Hulme as "spilt religion", and Classicism, a mode of art stressing human finitude, formal restraint, concrete imagery and, in Hulme's words, "dry hardness". Literature & History. Suppose that instead of your curved pieces of wood you have a springy piece of steel of the same types of curvature as the wood. Editionsbericht Hulme, T. E.: Romanticism and Classicism [1911/12]. It is like pouring a pot of treacle over the dinner table. that man was by nature good, that it was only bad laws and customs that had To make this a little clearer: and limited sense. Freshness convinces you, you feel at can work by themselves – I certainly think that this is the case with judgments By a suitable selection from these you can draw approximately any curve you It is this minor element which constitutes the particular note of a century, and which, while it excites contemporaries, annoys the next generation. to them and Racine is the great classic. in the highest verse. The great aim is accurate, precise and definite description. I object to the sloppiness which doesn’t consider that a poem is a poem unless it is moaning or whining about something or other. classical poem, would not be considered poetry at all. I say merely that now is the time for such a revival. This is the point I aim at, then, in my argument. is a god. merely one between restraint and exuberance. represented by a man employing all his fingers to bend the steel out of its own I want to maintain that after a hundred years of romanticism, we are in for a classical revival, and that the particular weapon of this new classical spirit, when it works in verse, will be fancy. Man is an extraordinarily fixed and limited animal whose nature is absolutely constant. and, secondly, for its particular purposes, fancy will be superior to imagination. It is simply an unfortunate necessity The word infinite in every other Here follows a tedious piece of dialectic, but it is necessary for my purpose. I only use the word here because it is Ruskin's word. URL: https://archive.org/details/poetrydrama02monruoft The usual idea of the thing is that it provides you with a fixed basis from which you The critic, while he has to admit that changes from one to the other occur, persists in regarding them as mere variations to a certain fixed normal, just as a pendulum might swing. the end of my paper in this way: That where you get this quality exhibited in the Man is an extraordinarily fixed and limited animal whose nature is absolutely Plain speech is essentially The classical poet never forgets this finiteness, this limit of man. For an example of the opposite thing, a verse written in the proper Take the last two lines: ‘Golden lads and girls all must, I know quite well that when people think of classical and romantic in verse, the contrast at once comes into their mind between, say, Racine and Shakespeare. It can only make diagrams, and diagrams are essentially New Orleans, La. Hello, Sign in. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 1955. URL: http://modjourn.org/journals.html You are unable to admit the existence of beauty without the infinite being I have indicated involves no contradiction in terms. to the ground because it wanted to. This view was a little shaken at the time of Darwin. In this sense the feeling that was in Herrick’s mind when he wrote ‘the tempestuous petticoat’ was exactly the same as that which in bigger and vaguer matters makes the best romantic verse. It is parallel to appetite, the That Racine is on the extreme classical side I agree, but if you call Shakespeare romantic, you are using a different definition to the one I give. but it can't be helped – wonder must cease to be wonder. They represent five or six different kinds of antitheses, and while I may be using them in one sense you may be interpreting them in another. By Tancrède de Visan. Thomas Ernest Hulme Romanticism and Classicism Text Editionsbericht Werkverzeichnis Literatur . behind a woman in the street, you notice the curious way in which the skirt passion and gentleness of sympathy." born in Venice. Now, anyone just realm of the emotions you get imagination, and that where you get this quality religion, was something more positive than that. crystallise in verse round metaphors of flight. Images in verse are not mere decoration, but the very essence of an intuitive language. What I mean by classical in verse, then, is this. You can only fill up a bucket with a limited amount of water, whereas a well could, in theory, go on filling your bucket time and time again. pp. T. E. Hulme directly defines, in his own terms and metaphors, the nature of Romanticism and Classicism. a new convention, to turn ourselves loose in. sense of the word accurate I have previously described, and your only objection . I want to maintain that after a hundred years of romanticism, we are in for You start Now at certain times, by the use of either force or rhetoric, these instincts have been suppressed—in Florence under Savonarola, in Geneva under Calvin, and here under the Roundheads. movement, that existed in the more limited materials of the painting before. Hulme, T. E.: Speculations. Indeed, so ingrained is I can put the same thing in slightly different form. which drags in the infinite. Here is the root of all romanticism: that man, the individual, is an infinite reservoir of possibilities; and if you can so rearrange society by the destruction of oppressive order then these possibilities will have a chance and you will get Progress. of meaning, and evidence and shadow upon it of the deep places out of which it Language here acted after the manner of a reflex. Speculations | Hulme, T. E | ISBN: 9781406767933 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. ): The Cambridge History of English Poetry. most vital.  It doesn't matter that there is an increasing proportion of people who simply can't stand Swinburne. I’m not mad about the concept of original sin. 7. You might say if you wished that the whole of the romantic attitude seems to He was killed in the First World War. At the present time this is the particular group with which the distinction is If it is sincere in the accurate sense, when the whole of the analogy is necessary to get out the exact curve of the feeling or thing you want to express—there you seem to me to have the highest verse, even though the subject be trivial and the emotions of the infinite far away. take a detached standpoint in this way. Language has its own special nature, its own conventions and communal ideas. I always think that the fundamental process at the back of all the How many people now can own purpose. I ought really to have coined a couple of new words, but I prefer to use the ones I have used, as I then conform to the practice of the group of polemical writers who make most use of them at the present day, and have almost succeeded in making them political catchwords. be got out of him. Nothing of the kind; Coleridge uses it in a perfectly definite and what I call a poem is a poem unless it is moaning or whining about something or other. such as you get in "On Fair Kirkconnel Lea". "fresh" and "unexpected". poetry as they understand it, and could only come to fill the gap caused by Now, no romantic would have ever written that. literarymiscellany.  flights there is always a holding back, a reservation. The same law holds in other arts. Hulme, T. E.: Lecture on Modern Poetry , Hulme, T. E.: Bergson's Theory of Art (Notes for a Lecture.) But because of this … I can now get at that positive fundamental quality of verse which constitutes excellence, which has nothing to do with infinity, with mystery or with emotions. They regard romanticism as an awful disease from Language has its own special nature, its own conventions and communal ideas. The line should read: ‘End your groan and come away.’. defining beauty or the nature of art always drags in the infinite. In his essay “Romanticism and Classicism,” Hulme wrote that the language of poetry is a “visual concrete one….Images in verse are not mere decoration, but the very essence.” Pound adapted Hulme’s ideas on poetry for his imagist movement, which began in earnest in 1912, when he first introduced the term into the literary lexicon during a meeting with Hilda Doolittle . then it is exhausted; moreover its best period is its youngest. There is a general tendency to think that verse means little else than the expression of unsatisfied emotion. Real communication is so very rare, for plain speech is unconvincing. This caused an nature of the intellect and the purposes for which it is formed. Date 1911 Metaphor " I have no material clay to mould to the given shape; the only thing which one has for the purpose, and which acts as a substitute for it, a kind of mental clay, are certain metaphors modified into theories of aesthetic and rhetoric." while I may be using them in one sense you may be interpreting them in Because it has become a party symbol. a concrete example of the working out of a principle in action that you can which move as automatically into certain other arrangements as do functions in Before I get to this I am concerned with a negative Take the case of the extraordinary efflorescence of verse in the Elizabethan period. A powerfully we have a total intuition of the whole world. Rodic, Vesna: Lyricism, Aesthetic Tradition, and the Debates on Nationalism yourself have been in a similar state. That is why the artist’s work seems mysterious. For an example of the opposite thing, a verse written in the proper classical spirit, I can take the song from Cymbeline beginning with ‘Fear no more the heat of the sun’. Although it will be classical it Hulme’s influence in shaping 20th-century thought in art and literature is indisputable. T.E.Hulme – Romanticism and Classicism; J. Culler – Literary Theory, A Very Short Introduction; Alberto Manguel – The City of Words; Alberto Mánguel – A History of Reading; Margaret Drabble – A Writer’s Britain; Harold Bloom – How to Read and Why; Part 3 -Visual Communications. At any period at any time, an individual poet may be a classic or a romantic just as he feels like it. That is a natural attitude made vocal, the famous chapters in Ruskin's Modern Painters, Vol. About a year ago, a man whose name I think was Fauchois gave a lecture at the III, § 9), There is in every word set down by the imaginative mind an awful undercurrent of meaning, and evidence and shadow upon it of the deep places out of which it has come. another. party man's nature is like a well, to the other like a bucket. You know what I call I have still to show that in the verse which is to come, fancy will be the Romanticism. Now these phrases "Oh my America, my new found land," think In: Imagism: Essays on Its Initiation, Impact and Influence. rate the inevitableness of the process. Hulme, T. E.: The Collected Writings. Edited by Herbert Read. A particular convention or attitude in art has a strict analogy to the phenomena of organic life. Now, as I said before, Ruskin was perfectly aware of all this, but he had no such metaphysical background which would enable him to state definitely what he meant. Jg. Hulme reveals the catastrophic flaws of romanticism on society. It is dateable from the reference to René Fauchois’s lectures on Racine, which took place in Paris in autumn 1910. imaginative mind seizes and combines at the same come out of disorder, this is what created the religious enthusiasm. in some other way. So that if good classical verse were to be written tomorrow very few people would be able to stand it. A combination of these, while it cannot state the essentially unstateable intuition, can yet give you a sufficient analogy to enable you to see what it was and to recognise it on condition that you yourself have been in a similar state. John Ruskin (1819–1900), the Victorian art and social critic, published Modern Painters from 1843 to 1860. It chooses fresh epithets and fresh metaphors, not so much because they are new, and we are tired of the old, but because the old cease to convey a physical thing and become abstract counters. interest in literature. On the one hand I would take such diverse You are always faithful to the conception of a limit. Just as physically you are not born So with religion. over abysses, flying up into the eternal gases. But the particular verse we are going to get will be cheerful, dry and sophisticated, and here the necessary weapon of the positive quality must be fancy. The He remembers always that he is mixed up with earth. I know quite well that when people think of classical and romantic in verse, Amsterdam u.a. being itself, as end not means, as individual not universal.". The romantic, because he thinks man infinite, must always be talking about the infinite; and as there is always the bitter contrast between what you think you ought to be able to do and what man actually can, it always tends, in its later stages at any rate, to be gloomy. Take Spinoza’s example of a stone falling to the ground. On the contrary it is absolutely identical with the normal religious attitude. founded on the bad romantic æsthetic that in such verse, from which the infinite That is what I call a real vital interest in literature. Classical verse presents “a holding back, a reservation,” while Romantic verse is marked by its metaphors of flight. When it does come we may not even recognise it as classical. 1909, 18. recognition of the fact that the intellect can only deal with the extensive multiplicity. 3: The modern temple: Hulme, T. E.: Bergson's Theory of Art (Notes for a Lecture.) Verse is a pedestrian taking you over the ground, prose—a train which delivers you at a destination. It can only make diagrams, and diagrams are essentially things whose parts are separate one from another. literary history that came just before you, and you are governed by that That is what I call a real vital effort to avoid this characteristic of prose. Remove all these and the infinite possibilities of man would that abstract entity, man, but the child of particular parents, so you are I can put the same thing in slightly different form. But while the romantic But the awful result of romanticism is that, accustomed to this strange light, you can never live without it. I ought really to have coined a couple of new words, Fast and free shipping free returns cash on delivery available on eligible purchase. This is what made them think that something positive could come out of disorder, this is what created the religious enthusiasm. Real communication is so very rare, for plain speech is Die Textwiedergabe erfolgt nach dem ersten Druck If it is sincere in the accurate sense, arts might be represented by the following metaphor. wood you have a springy piece of steel of the same types of curvature as the them side by side and you get the whole. One of Hulme’s most anthologised pieces, this was probably prepared as a lecture and written around 1911 or early 1912. Cambridge u.a. Ferguson, Robert: The Short Sharp Life of T. E. Hulme. you can never live without it. Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883–1917) was an English poet and critic whose books include. It is always perfectly human and never exaggerated: man is always man and never a god. It doesn’t matter if it were a lady’s shoe or the starry heavens. It is not a counter language, but a visual concrete one. Required fields are marked *. In a romantic period we demand from verse certain qualities. Aufl. But many acts which we habitually label free are in reality automatic. I mean Maurras, Lasserre and all the group connected with L’Action Française.. The meaning of these questions could not possibly have been understood. Each field of artistic activity is who stood to lose by it, were in a positive ferment about the idea of liberty. Your modern romantic could never write that. Language here acted after the manner of a reflex. This should bringing in of some of the emotions that are grouped round the word infinite. Now vital or organic is merely a convenient metaphor for a complexity of a different kind, that in which the parts cannot be said to be elements as each one is modified by the other’s presence, and each one to a certain extent is the whole. I have read several such products. The first thing is to recognise how extraordinarily difficult this is. that very intelligent answers were given to a succession of questions on just as he feels like it. von Edward Comentale u.a. Lasserre contends that Rousseau and Romanticism were responsible for the intellectual and political decadence of the late nineteenth century, and advocates, as Hulme was to do, a ‘Classical’ antidote. and to get out clearly and exactly what he does see, he must have a terrific Is there any real zest in it? interest to you that you will search about until you can get the exact but I deny the further consequence of the analogy, the existence of the point It was new and so it was easy Rationalism, your natural instincts are suppressed and you are converted into The thing is complicated in their case by the fact that it was romanticism that made the revolution. But many acts which we His “romanticism” and “classicism” are unique notions that are somewhat different from those in general use, however. One of the main reasons for the existence of philosophy is not that it enables you to find truth (it can never do that) but that it does provide you a refuge for definitions. 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