chapter  7
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'A Marvellous Drama out of Life': Yeats, Pound, Bunting and Villon at Rapallo

Itoftenseemstobethecasethat,inthinkingof'thethirties'asaprofessionalliterary-criticalcategory,criticstendtoforgetthatthosefeatureswhich wemightchoosetoassociatewiththeperiodof'high'modernism-a reactionagainstvague,'Victorian'rhetoric;formalandtechnicalexperimentalism-continuedtobereflecteduponandreviewedacrossthedecadeitsel£ Thefiguresnormallyassociatedwiththatinternationalmodernistmoment immediatelyaftertheFirstWorldWarcontinuedtowriteandsignificantly todeveloptheircraftandaestheticatthistime.Joycewasstilllabouring atthe'WorkinProgress'whichwaseventuallytobecomeFinnegansWake in1939.VirginiaWoolfwas,moreadamantlythaneverinTheWaves(1931) andTheYears(1937),turningherownformalexperimenttowardsanevercloserengagementwithsexualpolitics.TheresultsofT.S.Eliot's1927 acceptanceintotheAnglo-CatholicChurchandgainingofBritishcitizenshipwerenotrevealeduntilAsh-Wednesdayof1930andthefirsttwoof theFourQuartets:BurntNorton(1935)andEastCoker(1940).EzraPound didnotpublishthefirstfullsectionofhisfifty-yearodyssey,TheCantosuntil 1930,whenasmall-scaleoperationinParis,theHoursPress,broughtout ADraftofXXXCantos. 1Between1930and1940W.B.Yeatsproduced threevolumesofpoetry:TheWindingStairandOtherPoems(1933),AFull MooninMarch(1935)andtheposthumousLastPoemsandPlays(1940),as wellaseightplays,manyessaysandintroductionsandhislastvolumeof memoirs,DramatisPersonae(1936).