By Eliot, Thomas Stearns; Eliot, Thomas S.; Pound, Ezra; Pound, Ezra; Yeats, William Butler; Yeats, William B.; Pound, Ezra; Yeats, Yeats William Butler.; Eliot, Eliot Thomas Stearns.; Surette, Leon
From the again conceal of "The beginning of Modernism" - within the delivery of Modernism, Leon Surrete deals an intensive revision of our figuring out of excessive modernism. He develops a portrait of Modernism that demonstrates its continuity with American transcendentalism, French symbolisme, and English aestheticism and files, for the 1st time, the origins of modernist aesthetics within the occult. Yeats' occultism has lengthy been stated, yet this can be the 1st examine to teach that Pound's early intimacy with Yeats used to be dependent principally on a shared curiosity within the occult sciences, and that Pound's epic of the trendy age, The Cantos, is a deeply occult paintings
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Such activities are quite unlike the ritual practices of religions. They are not forms of worship but are more like athletic contests or spectacular shows. Typically, the object is to induce a ghost or divinity to inform the theurgist on some topic - the future, the past, or the nature of the world beyond the grave. Indeed, we are told that the point of the ancient mystery initiations was to learn of the world beyond the grave, a knowledge which bestows soteria, or "salvation," usually understood to mean immortality (Reitzenstein  1978, 64).
The central occult claim, then, is that all of the world's religions are partial, popularized, or even corrupt versions of a revelation, gnosis, or wisdom that is fully possessed only by a few extraordinary mortals - if, indeed, mortals they be. For some, it is accessible only (to quote Huxley again) to "those who have made themselves loving, pure in heart and poor in spirit" (Huxley  1985, 12-14). For others - such as Bulwer-Lytton's Mejnour - the wisdom is accessible to those who have the courage and ability to seize it.
The occult is equally concerned with history. Occultists typically seek to establish a line of transmission of the gnosis from high antiquity, through the classical and medieval worlds, to the present. " The secret tradition most clearly distinguishes occultists from ordinary mystics whose revelations conform to the dogmas of the religion to which they belong, be it Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Hebrew, or Islamic - revelations that may be mysteries but are not secrets. ) The occult theme of the secret tradition coincides and overlaps with broader trends in modern literary and aesthetic culture: historicism, speculative philosophy of history, and metahistory.