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Hugh Selwyn Mauberley   By: (1885-1972)

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Pound, Ezra (1920) Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

BY

E. P.

THE OVID PRESS 1920

"VOCAT ÆSTUS IN UMBRAM" Nemesianus Ec. IV.

H. S. Mauberley

(LIFE AND CONTACTS)

Transcriber's note: Ezra Pound's Hugh Selwyn Mauberley contains accents, diphthongs and Greek characters. Facsimile images of the poems as originally published are freely available online from the Internet Archive. Please use these images to check for any errors or inadequacies in this electronic text.

MAUBERLEY CONTENTS Part I.

Ode pour l'élection de son sepulcher II. III. IV. V. Yeux Glauques "Siena mi fe', disfecemi Maremma" Brennbaum Mr. Nixon X. XI. XII.

ENVOI 1919

Part II. 1920 (Mauberley)

I. II. III. "The age demanded" IV. V. Medallion

E.P. ODE POUR SELECTION DE SON SEPULCHRE

FOR three years, out of key with his time, He strove to resuscitate the dead art Of poetry; to maintain "the sublime" In the old sense. Wrong from the start

No hardly, but, seeing he had been born In a half savage country, out of date; Bent resolutely on wringing lilies from the acorn; Capaneus; trout for factitious bait;

{~GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA WITH PSILI AND OXIA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER DELTA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER MU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER EPSILON~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~} {~GREEK SMALL LETTER GAMMA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER RHO~} {~GREEK SMALL LETTER TAU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER OMICRON~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA~} {~GREEK SMALL LETTER PI~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~} {~GREEK SMALL LETTER PI~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER THETA~}', {~GREEK SMALL LETTER OMICRON WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER SIGMA~}' {~GREEK SMALL LETTER EPSILON WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA~} {~GREEK CAPITAL LETTER TAU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER RHO~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER OMICRON~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER ETA~} Caught in the unstopped ear; Giving the rocks small lee way The chopped seas held him, therefore, that year.

His true Penelope was Flaubert, He fished by obstinate isles; Observed the elegance of Circe's hair Rather than the mottoes on sun dials.

Unaffected by "the march of events," He passed from men's memory in l'an trentiesme De son eage ; the case presents No adjunct to the Muses' diadem.

II.

THE age demanded an image Of its accelerated grimace, Something for the modern stage, Not, at any rate, an Attic grace;

Not, not certainly, the obscure reveries Of the inward gaze; Better mendacities Than the classics in paraphrase!

The "age demanded" chiefly a mould in plaster, Made with no loss of time, A prose kinema, not, not assuredly, alabaster Or the "sculpture" of rhyme.

III.

THE tea rose tea gown, etc. Supplants the mousseline of Cos, The pianola "replaces" Sappho's barbitos.

Christ follows Dionysus, Phallic and ambrosial Made way for macerations; Caliban casts out Ariel.

All things are a flowing, Sage Heracleitus says; But a tawdry cheapness Shall reign throughout our days.

Even the Christian beauty Defects after Samothrace; We see {~GREEK SMALL LETTER TAU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER OMICRON~} {~GREEK SMALL LETTER KAPPA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER LAMDA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER OMICRON WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~} Decreed in the market place.

Faun's flesh is not to us, Nor the saint's vision. We have the press for wafer; Franchise for circumcision.

All men, in law, are equals. Free of Peisistratus, We choose a knave or an eunuch To rule over us.

O bright Apollo, {~GREEK SMALL LETTER TAU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~}' {~GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER DELTA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER RHO~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA~}, {~GREEK SMALL LETTER TAU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~}' {~GREEK SMALL LETTER ETA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER RHO~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER OMEGA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA~}, {~GREEK SMALL LETTER TAU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER IOTA WITH TONOS~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA~} {~GREEK SMALL LETTER THETA~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER EPSILON~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER OMICRON~}{~GREEK SMALL LETTER NU~} , What god, man, or hero Shall I place a tin wreath upon!

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