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Ebook The Cantos of Ezra Pound by Ezra Pound read! Book Title: The Cantos of Ezra Pound
The author of the book: Ezra Pound
ISBN: 0811203506
ISBN 13: 9780811203500
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.11 MB
Edition: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Date of issue: October 1st 1970

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Though Pound's Cantos are going onto the "to-poke-at-with-a-stick" shelf, I have actually read a number of the poems over the past few months, and some of them are staggeringly stunningly wind-and-sea-and-stone-coast-wrought Hellenic dreambeauties. These from the first 15th or so of the book that I have breached. Then some are incomprehensible limbos. Gass's essay on Pound in "Finding A Form", where he spends the first two pages deconstructing the Fate hidden in his name and the rest chalking up his failures and successes by degrees, is well worth a good reader's time. The Cantos linger on my shelf (it's a gorgeous stark New Directions); sometimes I find them open in my palms and I don't know how they got there; often they achieve that place that rare poetry does, where you feel like it's actually the voices of Time, Mind, and Earth; at other instances you feel that you're having the golden fleece pulled over your eyes; still, I am intrigued- fascism and mental instability are intriguing, among many other things- when poetry is added into the mix, we're just all ambiguously rattling the chains of HISTORY and the voice through which it sometimes speaks clatters clatters.

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Ebook The Cantos of Ezra Pound read Online! Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early-to-mid 20th century poetry.

Pound's The Cantos contains music and bears a title that could be translated as The Songs—although it never is. Pound's ear was tuned to the motz et sons of troubadour poetry where, as musicologist John Stevens has noted, "melody and poem existed in a state of the closest symbiosis, obeying the same laws and striving in their different media for the same sound-ideal - armonia."

In his essays, Pound wrote of rhythm as "the hardest quality of a man's style to counterfeit." He challenged young poets to train their ear with translation work to learn how the choice of words and the movement of the words combined. But having translated texts from 10 different languages into English, Pound found that translation did not always serve the poetry: "The grand bogies for young men who want really to learn strophe writing are Catullus and François Villon. I personally have been reduced to setting them to music as I cannot translate them." While he habitually wrote out verse rhythms as musical lines, Pound did not set his own poetry to music.

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