Early Writings (Pound, Ezra) Poems and Prose

ISBN-10: 0142180130

ISBN-13: 9780142180136

Edition: 2005

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Ezra Pound makes his Penguin Classics debut with this unique selection of his early poems and prose, edited with an introductory essay and notes by Pound expert Ira Nadel. The poetry includes such early masterpieces as The Seafarer, Homage to Sextus Propertius, Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, and the first eight of Pounds incomparable Cantos. The prose includes a series of articles and critical pieces, with essays on Imagism, Vorticism, Joyce, and the well- known Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/28/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.73" long x 0.94" tall
Weight: 0.902
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 in 1885, 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. 030

Suggestions for Further Reading
Brief Chronology
To the Raphaelite Latinists
Na Audiart
Villonaud for This Yule
In Durance
Sestina: Altaforte
Piere Vidal Old
Ballad of the Goodly Fere
"Blandula, Tenulla, Vagula"
Und Drang
Redondillas, or Something of That Sort
To Whistler, American
Portrait d'une Femme
The Seafarer
The Return
Fratres Minores
The Complete Poetical Works of T.E. Hulme
Mana Aboda
Above the Dock
The Embankment
Salutation the Third
Song of the Bowmen of Shu
The River Song
The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Exile's Letter
The Garden
1915: February
A Pact
Further Instructions
A Song of the Degrees
Liu Ch'e
The Coming of War: Actaeon
In a Station of the Metro
The Encounter
L'Art, 1910
Ancient Music
Provincia Deserta
Villanelle: The Psychological Hour
Near Perigord
L'Homme Moyen Sensuel
Homage to Sextus Propertius
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
The Cantos (1917-1922)
Three Cantos of a Poem of Some Length
The Fourth Canto
The Fifth Canto
The Sixth Canto
The Seventh Canto
The Eighth Canto
What I Feel About Walt Whitman
The Wisdom of Poetry
Psychology and Troubadours
How I Began
Troubadours-Their Sorts and Conditions
The Serious Artist
A Retrospect
The Tradition
Mr. Hueffer and the Prose Tradition in Verse
Chinese Poetry
Chinese Poetry-II
The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry
James Joyce, At Last the Nover Appears
Paris Letter, May 1922, Ulysses
Explanatory Notes
Index of Titles and First Lines
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