‘A man does not know his own ADDRESS (in time) until he knows where his time and milieu stand in relation to other times and conditions.’1 The remark sums up Pound’s sense of history as well as of the present. In fact, his sense of history was one with his sense of contemporaneity, and his critical insights were partly conditioned by what he considered wrong or unacceptable in the contemporary literary and cultural situation. At the core of his thinking on art, technique and style, and his campaign for cultural values as well as critical standards there was not only a creative urge, but also a reforming zeal to ‘make it new’.
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