It Takes Two

The relationship between Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot is one which influenced literary modernism and had a profound impact on it. The pair first met in 1914, so during WW1, when they were exiles in Europe and found out that they had the same interest in the arts, and thus, poetry too. They had many conversations, letters and poems all commenting and discussing literary tradition, as well as accomplishments of the time period.

One main reason for their close friendship was the way they could both agree on redefining poetic possibilities. This element of the early 2oth century was already quite common around writers, and so having two writers join together was sure to make a splash. they could influence each other and as a result create amazing literary works. One important fact that may have influenced literary works was Pound’s influence over Eliot’s work. An example being in The Waste Land. Literary critics have noted that the proofread and editing that Pound did to this text allowed it to become an even more famous masterpiece than it would have been originally. Their joint collaborations lead to an even stronger friendship and so their commonalities instigated Modernism to become an important aspect in English and American poetry in the twentieth century.

The two men created magnificent works, all focusing on different aspects of life. They had significant impacts and heavily influenced Modernist writing. In the introduction to the ‘Literary Essays of Ezra Pound’ T.S. Eliot said that Pound “is more responsible for the twentieth-century revolution in poetry than is any other individual.” This clearly indicates the strength of their friendship and the power of their writing.


ezra-pound Ezra Pound

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thomas_stearns_eliot_by_lady_ottoline_morrell_1934 T.S. Eliot

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2 Responses to It Takes Two

  1. Suzanne.S says:

    Lovely entry Natasha! You’ve clearly provided some insightful facts about T.S Eliot’s close friendship with Ezra Pound and their significance in modernist literature. The only thing I would suggest to improve this entry is to be a bit more specific in some of the ideas you’re trying to convey, for instance when you say: “heavily influenced Modernist writing”, are you trying to say that they challenged the traditional ways of writing and therefore influenced other writers to do the same thing? Overall, this is an enlightening entry. Well done! 🙂


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