The significance of any work of art or literature is a root significance that goes down into its original motivation. When this motivation is merely a desire for money or publicity, or when this motivation is in great part such a desire for money directly or publicity as means indirectly of getting money, there occurs a pervasive monotony in the product corresponding to the underlying monotony in the motivation.
The public runs hither and thither with transitory pleasures and underlying dissatisfactions; the specialists say, "This isn't literature." And a deal of vain discussion ensues.
The monotony in the product arises from the monotony in the motivation.
[Ezra Pound, "Small Magazines," The English Journal, November 1930]