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  • Pound describes three main methods of 'charging language': melopoeia: 'inducing emotional correlations by the sound and rhythm of speech' phanopoeia: 'throwing the object onto the visual imagination' logopoeia: 'using the intellectual and emotional associations of words and word groups'

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  • (Pauses) Ezra Pound (on whom her doctoral dissertation was based) talked about poetry's three effects: logopoeia (verbal impact), phanopoeia (visual imagery) and mellopoeia (rhythm or sound).

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  • "Logopoeia, 'the dance of the intellect among words,' that is to say, it employs words not only for their direct meaning, but it takes count in a special way of habits of usage, of the context we expect to find with the word... It holds the æsthetic content which is peculiarly the domain of verbal manifestation and can not possibly be contained in plastic or in music." — Ezra Loomis Pound, NY Herald-Tribune, January 20th, 1929

    August 8, 2008