BL. W. B. Yeats

72. Eliot, T. S. ‘Ezra Pound’. Poetry 68 (1946): 326-39.

Recalls a particular evening of importance to this study: for Eliot, ‘Yeats did not appear, until after 1917, to be anything but a minor survivor of the ’90’s. After that date [Eliot writes], I saw him very differently. I remember well the impression of the first performance of The Hawk’s Well [12], in a London drawing room, with a celebrated Japanese dancer [Itô] in the role of the hawk, to which Pound took me. And thereafter one saw Yeats rather as a more eminent contemporary than as an elder from whom one could learn.’







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