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Personae: The Collected Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound (original 1926; edition 1926)

by Ezra Pound

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Title:Personae: The Collected Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound
Authors:Ezra Pound
Info:NEW DIRECTIONS (1926), Hardcover
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This is the standard collection of Pound's pre-Cantos poems as selected by Pound himself.

One is tempted to view it as preparations for the Cantos, but the work it contains -- Cathay, the Homage to Sextus Propertius, Mauberly, and the earlier Imagiste work -- stands on its own as an imposing, readable, and influential body of work, tracing Pound's development from the archaizing midwestern American with a focus on Provence to the europeanized International Modernist.

Essential reading if you want to read any later Twentieth Century poets, and recommended if you just want to address an important body of work in itself. ( )
2 vote jsburbidge | Feb 18, 2016 |
Pound is OK I guess. ( )
  devandecicco | Dec 28, 2009 |
Pound is OK I guess. ( )
  devandecicco | Dec 28, 2009 |
Pound remains one of the most significant and influential poets in English in the twentieth century. This collection provides a guide to his early experiments culminating in the original three cantos (later drastically revised). Although an unrepentant modernist this collection shows the extent of his perhaps rather achaic diction in many of the early poems. In some ways some of these poems seem slightly more romantic and imprecise than those of more traditional poets working at the same time such as Hardy. Nevertheless, Pound was always an inveterate experimentalist and this can be seen in his exploration of verse form: he works through a series of distinctive styles and genres, imitating his much favoured troubadours, adopting voices and personae in the manner of another hero, Browning. The different modes of his work are all incorporated here - the imagist poems, brief and compressed, the best powerfully evocative of intense moments as seen in "In a Station at the Metro"; the adaptations and translations which reconstruct the Roman Sextus Propertius' oblique criticism of his culture in a modern setting often to great effect; the massively influential Chinese poems of the "Cathay" sequence which provide in many ways the most telling evidence of Pound's desire to get beyond traditional conceptions of iambic rhythm; and finally the brilliant but sometimes inscrutable "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" sequence, an energetic and scornful dismissal of British cultural complacency in the face of both the destructive and productive tides of the modernism that Pound went on to advocate. This is a collection which is of immense importance but Pound's programmatic and sometimes intemperate explorations for all their creativity do lack the kind of warmth of some of his contemporaries. ( )
  elyreader | Jul 5, 2009 |
As a catalog of Grandpa's early stuff, it's reliable. If interested in how he got to The Cantos, very fine. Could rely less on Pound's own discrimination and expand to include much of the shorter stuff. A lume Spento, A Quinzaine For This Yule, and later imagist stuff from BLAST,etc. Overall a solid representation of Pound's early
efforts. ( )
  SundinRichards | Feb 28, 2009 |
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Known for his delicate perception as well as his passionate opinions, Ezra Pound published this, his first collection of poetry, in 1926. Pound was as much a diviner as he was a poet, and his writing is as much observation and experience as it is prophecy. He was especially drawn to beauty and his writing extols the magnificence of profound emotion and the beguiling wonderment of intellect. From translations and reconstructions of pieces of ancient literature to his own postulations on art, love, and life, this is a worthy addition to any personal library.

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