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The Cantos of Ezra Pound by Ezra Pound

The Cantos of Ezra Pound (1948)

by Ezra Pound

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Series: The Cantos (complete)

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One of the inescapable works of the Twentieth Century, for all of its difficulty; it left poetry as a field permanently changed and enriched, even if Pound's own approach was so specific to himself that he has no true successors, but only a vast field of those whom he influenced. ( )
1 vote jsburbidge | Apr 8, 2016 |
Phew. This is something. I feel like I've run a marathon.

This is a wholly absorbing set of poetry. Approximately 120 cantos which start off reminiscing about the Renaissance, going through all eras and ages of history, citing letters, missives, pamphlets, rages. History as poetry, a grand tour. Chinese characters, intricate, representing ideas and names and figures.

The chant, USURA, elicits rage and greed and war, and the titanic struggles against corruption and ideology which have consumed this past century and which still rage in this one.

As much I find Pound the man abhorrent and mad, but as for Pound the poet, he is a force. I will reread this. ( )
1 vote HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Not nearly as good as J. D Salinger or Richard Brautigan. Not nearly enough about fruits and vegetables in it. Go figure...
3 vote Crypto-Willobie | Mar 18, 2011 |
4 vote | elhandrail | Aug 1, 2009 |
The Cantos. Ezra Pound. The very mention of those names send shudders down even the most well-read literary snob. T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” seems like a small indentation in comparison. The only work with comparable difficulty and lit crit caché is Finnegans Wake by James Joyce. Reading these works carries along serious bragging rights. “I saw the new Terrance and Philip movie. Now who wants to touch me?” Eric Cartman said in the South Park movie.

Review continues here: http://driftlessareareview.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/the-cantos-by-ezra-pound-a-c... ( )
2 vote kswolff | Jun 8, 2009 |
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The Cantos of Ezra Pound is the most important epic poem of the twentieth century.

Delmore Schwartz said about The Cantos: "They are one of the touchstones of modern poetry." William Carlos WIlliams said "[Pound] discloses history by its odor, by the feel of it—in the words; fuses it with the words, present and past, to MAKE his Cantos. Make them."

Since the 1969 revised edition, the Italian Cantos LXXII and LXXIII (as well as a 1966 fragment concluding the work) have been added. Now appearing for the first time is Pound's recently found Eglish translation of Italian Canto LXXII.

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Provides the complete text of Pound's epic poem including a translation of Pound's Italian canto LXXII, Canto LXXIII, and a 1966 fragment concluding the work.

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