Ezra Pound Poems and Translations

ISBN-10: 1931082413

ISBN-13: 9781931082419

Edition: 2003

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Poetic visionary Ezra Pound catalyzed American literature's modernist revolution. From the swirling center of poetic change he excited the powerful energies of Eliot, Joyce, and William Carlos Williams and championed the Imagism and Vorticism movements. This volume, the most comprehensive collection of his poetry and translations ever assembled, gathers all his verse except The Cantos. In addition to the famous poems that transformed modern literature, it features dozens of rare and out-of-print pieces, such as the handmade first collection Hilda's Book (1905-1907), late translations of Horace, rare sheet music translations, and works from a 1917 "lost" manuscript. Pound's influential Cathay (1915), Lustra (1917), and Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920)-as surely as his later masterly Confucian odes and Sophoclean dramas-followed the poet's own directive to "make it new," opening fresh formal pathways into ancient traditions. Through these works and others representing more than 30 different volumes and dozens of pieces that Pound never collected, Poems and Translations reveals the breadth of his daring invention and resonant music: lyrics echoing the Troubadors and Browning, chiseled 1920s free verse, and dazzling translations that led Eliot to call Pound "the inventor of Chinese poetry for our time." An extensive chronology offers guidance to Pound's tumultuous life. Detailed endnotes of unprecedented range and depth clarify Pound's fascinatingly recondite allusions.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 10/13/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1300
Size: 4.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

With T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound was one of the two main influences on British and U.S. poetry between the two world wars. The collection of his Letters, 1907--1941 revealed the great erudition of this most controversial expatriate poet. Born in Idaho, Pound graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and went abroad to live in 1908. His first book, A Lume Spento, a small collection of poems, was published in Venice in 1908. With the publication of Personae in London in 1909, he became the leader of the imagists abroad. Pound's writings have been subject to many foreign influences. First he imitated the troubadours; then he came under the influence of the Chinese and Japanese poets. The Cantos (1925--60), his major work, to which he added for many years, is a mixture of modern colloquial language and classical quotation. The Pisan Cantos (1948), written during his imprisonment in Italy, is more autobiographical. Pound's prose, as well as his poetry, has been extremely influential. The Spirit of Romance (1910) is a revision of his studies of little-known romance writers. ABC of Reading (1934) is an exposition of his critical method. His critical writings include Literary Essays of Ezra Pound (1954), Instigations (1920), and Guide to Kulchur (1938). Pound was a linguist, whom Eliot called "the inventor of Chinese poetry for our time." His greatest translating achievements from Japanese, Chinese, Anglo-Saxon, Italian, Provencal, and French are collected in The Translations of Ezra Pound (1933). Among his other writings are Make It New: Essays; Jefferson and/or Mussolini, a discussion of American democracy and capitalism and fascism; and The Classic Noh Theatre of Japan, with Ernest Fenollosa. Living in Italy, Pound felt that some of the practices of Mussolini were in accord with the doctrines of social credit, in which he had become interested in the 1920s and 1930s. He espoused some of the general applications of fascism and also was a strong advocate of anti-Semitism. During World War II, he broadcast a pro-Fascist series of programs addressed to the Allied troops on Italian radio.Indicted for treason and brought to the United States to stand trial in 1946, he was judged mentally incompetent to prepare a defense and was committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. in what is now considered less of a reflection on his sanity than on his politics. After a concerted appeal to the federal government by American poets, led by Robert Frost, Pound was at last released in 1958 and returned to Italy. Critics have recently begun to face squarely the connections between his fascism and his poetry; facts of his life and work continue to arouse mixed feelings.

Hilda's Book (1905-1907)
from A Lume Spento (1908)
from The San Trovaso Notebook (1908)
A Quinzaine for this Yule (1908)
from Personae (1909)
from Exultations (1909)
from The Spirit of Romance (1910)
from Canzoni (1911)
Poems Withdrawn from Canzoni
The Sonnets and Ballate of Guido Cavalcanti (1912)
from Ripostes (1912)
from Cathay (1915)
from Lustra (1916-1917)
'Noh' or Accomplishment (1917)
from Arnaut Daniel (1917)
from Pavannes and Divisions (1918)
from Quia Pauper Amavi (1919)
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920)
from Umbra (1920)
from Personae (1926)
from Guido Cavalcanti Rime (1932)
Alfred Venison's Poems (1935)
from Guide to Kulchur (1938)
from Personae (enlarged version, 1949)
Confucious: The Great Digest & Unwobbling Pivot (1951)
The Confucian Analects (1951)
The Classic Anthology Defined by Confucius (1954)
Elektra (ca. 1949-early 1950s)
Sophokles: Women of Trachis (1956)
from Pavannes and Divagations (1958)
from Translations (enlarged version, 1964)
Uncollected Poems and Translations
Chronology
Note on the Texts
Notes
Index of Titles and First Lines
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