The current study offers an analysis of the American poet Ezra Pound and his
years in London between 1908 and 1921, specifically those years when he
contributed to A.R. Orage's The New Age. Despite the volume of critical work on
Pound, and despite the wealth of his writings in The New Age, this body of work has
not previously received the attention of a full-length study.
Chapter One of this thesis sets the stage for Pound's emergence as critic of
cultural modernity by exploring a key theme that resonates throughout his
contributions to The New Age: the idea of the modern artist as exile. This chapter
also examines the importance of the idea of translation to his thought during this
period and presents a broader analysis of the economic and literary importance of
The New Age to his intellectual and aesthetic development. Chapter Two broadens
this analysis by examining the themes of personal exile and psychological isolation
in Pound's historical background and the effect these themes had upon his writing
for The New Age. Chapters Three and Four examine two key ideas that animate his
work for The New Age: his analysis of the importance of patronage to cultural value
and aesthetic production and his developing interest in economics, C.H. Douglas'
Economic Democracy and its doctrine of Social Credit. Chapters Five and Six
explore Pound's literary relationship to The New Age in order to discuss how this
nexus of ideas inflect two of his early masterpieces, 'The Seafarer'(1911) and
'Homage to Sextus Propertius' (1919). Chapter Seven concludes by summarising
Pound's position at the end of the 1920s and considering the overall importance of
his writing for The New Age to his social critique of modernity, his emerging
economic radicalism and his later political ideas.