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T. E. Hulme

Thomas Ernest Hulme (1883–1917) was an English poet and critic whose books include Speculations: Essays on Humanism and the Philosophy of Art and Notes on Language and Style. He translated Georges Sorel's Reflections on Violence and Henri Bergson's Introduction to Metaphysics into English. Hulme also contributed articles to A. R. Orage's The New Age. A critic of Romanticism and liberalism and an exponent of aesthetic Classicism and increasingly radical Right-wing political positions, Hulme influenced such Right-wing modernists and Wyndham Lewis and T. S. Eliot. Hulme volunteered for duty in the Great War and was killed by a shell at Oostduinkerke near Nieuwpoort, in West Flanders. He is buried at the Coxyde Military Cemetery (Koksijde).
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Romanticism & Classicism

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I want to maintain that after a hundred years of romanticism, we are in for a classical revival, and that the particular weapon of this new classical spirit, when it works in verse, will be fancy.[1] And in this I imply the superiority of fancy—not superior generally or absolutely, for that would be obvious nonsense, but superior in the sense that we use the word good in empirical ethics—good for something, superior for something. Read more …

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A Note on the Art of Political Conversion

Thomas Ernest Hulme, 1883–1917

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Some day a wonderful book will be written on the art of persuasion, a new sophistic. One may suppose that psychology will ultimately become as complete a science as geometry and mechanics are now. It will be possible then to predict the effect of an argument on a man’s mind as surely as one can now predict the eclipse of the moon. On the basis of this developed science will be built an infallible set of rules for converting a man to any opinion you like. Read more …

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