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The Cantos of Ezra Pound (1948)

by Ezra Pound

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Series: The Cantos (complete)

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For this edition of one of the great landmarks in twentieth-century poetry two previously uncollected cantos have been added, and some passages from other cantos, omitted from earlier printings, restored to the text. The additional cantos, numbered LXXII and LXXIII, were written by Ezra Pound in Italian, during the collapse of Italy at the end of the war. They belong in the sequence between the John Adams and the Pisan cantos.… (more)
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Easily the most complicated poem I have ever read. Enjoyable but a guide is necessary to reading if you wish to maximize the experience. Very original and raw. ( )
  DanielSTJ | May 5, 2019 |
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. ( )
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Published 1975, contains Cantos 1-117, including 72 & 73. Do not combine with earlier, incomplete collections.
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For this edition of one of the great landmarks in twentieth-century poetry two previously uncollected cantos have been added, and some passages from other cantos, omitted from earlier printings, restored to the text. The additional cantos, numbered LXXII and LXXIII, were written by Ezra Pound in Italian, during the collapse of Italy at the end of the war. They belong in the sequence between the John Adams and the Pisan cantos.

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