Censorship, Pound, and The New Freewoman

I would need to spend more time reading it, but Pound's "I Vecchii" seems to lament the type of art that has to be filtered through censorship.  His poem opens, "They will come no more, / The old men with beautiful manners." One speaker says, "Oh! Abelard," possibly alluding to Pierre Abelard who had a famous love affair with Heloise (according to Wikipedia—this allusion possibly arises in other parts of this poem).  This speaker, however, ends abruptly "as if the topic / Were much too abstruse for his comprehension."  Pound ends his poem by evoking Voltaire as a figure of free speech.  

Searching for "Censorship" through the tag filter lend me to and advertisement in The New Freewoman called "To Overmen." 

This advertisement calls for "Brave Men and Women of independent means" to join an expedition to discover and colonize a state free of censorship.  These works are linked by their shared interest in censorship.  The advertisement mentions colonization, which was likely a problematic term for Pound.  Pound's use of multiple languages suggests an antinational form that incorporates differences instead of focusing on boundaries, which colonization suggests.

Searching the timeline for Pound's other work yields mostly his criticism.  One of his works, "The Revolt of Intelligence," criticizes journalism.  He argues that journalist set up the appearance (and pretension) of knowing every topic they must cover from Monday to Saturday.  As a foil to journalism, which focuses only on the daily events, literature is "concerned with the permanent elements of life; it often bridges the gap from the profound to the trivial by contemporaneous detail."  Literature, according to Pound, is superior to journalism because it consumes journalism (the "trivial" and "contemporaneous") and connects it to something significant.

When I used the genre filter and magazine filter on the timeline, I found that most of the content related to World War I.  The items cataloged in the timeline have titles like "Fatigue," "Youth and Age," "The Veteran," "Senility," "Decay," and "Whispers of Immortality."  Even if these works do not address the war directly, they indirectly suggest a thematic link through topics of death and decay.  Using the last two filters suggests that Pound avoided discussing the war (according to our timeline data).

The largest drawback of the timeline is that it is incomplete.  If it were near-complete, it would be very useful for researching a specific time period in a magazine's or author's publication.  The keywords makes it easy to expand and contract the research field according to my own interests.  It also helps to historicize works by showing what else is going on in the magazine's publishing run or the author's other works.  The timeline has started to help me make connections with Pound's interest in censorship and literature and other contemporaneous works discussing similar topics.  

World War I Discourse & Interactive Timeline Lab

In searching through the Interactive Timeline, I was unable to come up with any connections to the materials that I brought in for today’s class.  While there are a few items tagged for “Imperialism,” they focus primarily on discussing the topic in a strictly European focus, whereas I am more interested in the discourse of American imperialism and World War I, particularly in regards to Native Americans.

The only items available on the Interactive Timeline for the authors that I brought into class were the items that I entered.  Rather than speaking to the output of these authors leading up to and during World War I, these results speak to a lack of coverage of their works and Poetry on the Timeline, as a cursory search on the MJP exemplifies that all three authors published in Poetry in the years leading up to and through World War I.

Using the Topic filter, I was able to come across “The Indian” from Owl (May 1919) and “Give Him Room” from Poetry (May 1915).  Joseph Crawhall’s painting speaks to the depictions of Native Americans which speak to depictions of Native Americans around World War I as well as the broader theme of nativism in modernist aesthetics.  By espousing an allowance for experimentation, Harriet Monroe’s piece serves as an inherent justification for her later discussion of the aesthetics of Native American oral poetry.  In spite of the difficulties identifying meaningful relations to other pieces, using the topic filter seems to be the most productive means to seek out connections, especially if the topic is under represented on the Interactive Timeline.

In filtering to all content from Poetry on the Interactive Timeline, the contents of Poetry seem to be solely focused on World War I throughout the war years, not only in the poetry but also the content of the advertisements.


Because of the specificity of the discourse that I was interested in researching today, the Interactive Timeline did not seem to be particularly useful.  The primary drawback seems to be that there needs to have been pre-existing interest in the discourse in order for it to be a tool beneficial to an individual’s research agenda.  Without any work done by others, the timeline becomes cumbersome in having to troll through all possible avenues rather than being a means to efficiently whittle down results. 

A Clean hypertext of The Wasteland

Here is a link to a hypertext site that doesn't hurt my eyes. http://wasteland.windingway.org/poem I find it very useful and as said it doesn't hurt your eyes and gives you direct sources as hypertext sites hould. I've been referencing this site a lot for my paper, and for it's direct links to the works. 

I'm sure people have already found this though but if not here it is!

A Game of Chess map

Here is what I have so far of my map though I think it's pretty much done. Also I claimed that the capital of Hell, Pandemonium and the Island of The Tempest are London/England since I couldn't get over the fact they didn't have their own place and it made sense to me. After all, both end up violent places and liot talks of violence and crim in The Wasteland


View The Wasteland: A Game of Chess in a larger map

Bible study resources

For those who are working with Biblical references for the Waste Land wiki, here are a couple of helpful study resources!

Biblos is a fantastic site because it hosts a variety of different tools--an atlas for maps, greek and hebrew roots for word studies, commentaries, and a broad range of translations, among other things.  Definitely a key tool for anyone studying the Bible for any reason.

Bible Gateway is a very good site for straight text study--it has different versions, cross-references, all sorts of fun stuff.  Less fun tools than Biblos, better for reading through the actual text.

Hope you guys find these helpful!

Investigation of The Golden Bough and "The Waste Land"