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The Cantos By Ezra Pound The Cantos Del 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

  • Title: The Cantos
  • Author: Ezra Pound
  • ISBN: 9780811213264
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Cantos By Ezra Pound Del 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 concludingDel 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 English translation of Italian Canto LXXII.
    The Cantos By Ezra Pound

    The Cantos poetry by Pound Britannica The Cantos, collection of poems by Ezra Pound, who began writing these or less philosophical reveries in The first were published in Poetry magazine in through the decades, the writing of cantos gradually became Pound s major poetic occupation, and the last were published in . The Cantos by Ezra Pound Del 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. The Cantos Academy of American Poets Indeed, The Cantos is polyphonic in theme and structured on recurrence rather than any idea of linearity, with syntax normal sentence construction yielding to parataxis such as an absence of conjunctions A gloss of the book is impossible No one can hold the whole of The Cantos in his or her head. The Cantos Ezra Pound The Late Cantos of Ezra Pound London Bloomsbury Article award, Orla Polten To Break the Hexameter Classical Prosody in Ezra Pound s Early Cantos in Modern Philology . November last updated July The Cantos Summary eNotes In the Cantos, Pound displays his knowledge and his ability to present it without introductions, borders, or transitions The poem is as much instructive as it is reflective, and it is in part the Cantos of the Kalevala The Kalevala has been translated into about languages and has been an important cultural inspiration for the Finnish people for many years The poem consists of cantos runos and , lines of poetry The poem tells the story of a people, from the very Cantos definition of cantos by The Free Dictionary For a single illustration, the description of the House of Alma in Book II, Canto Nine, is a tediously literal medieval allegory of the Soul and Body and occasional realistic details here and there in the poem at large are merely repellent to modern taste.

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    1. Brian Michels on said:

      I read this one on the train on my way home from work today NOT Three decades ago I picked it up, finished nearly half, then was overwhelmed with his words and the strife of my then life.Two decades ago I picked it up and nearly finished the thing until others words got in the way of his words and I had to use my own words to defend against said words and got lost in the sway.Rhythm, always rhythm.One day ago I finished it, complete, replete and without any sleep, yet strength enough to keep mys [...]

    2. Peycho Kanev on said:

      One of the greatest wordsmiths ever Reading Pound, one feels the weight of civic responsibility Pound rages at what he sees rending Western Civilization from its roots He discloses history by mentioning it, using events as metaphors, as expressions, as examples of his points, and in doing this he expects you to know them Pound s poetry convicts one to read Dante, to read Homer, to read the Troubadours The Cantos really has no plot The poem consists of approximately 120 shorter poems themselves c [...]

    3. Geoff on said:

      Though Pound s Cantos are going onto the to poke at with a stick shelf, I have actually read a number of the poems over the past few months, and some of them are staggeringly stunningly wind and sea and stone coast wrought Hellenic dreambeauties These from the first 15th or so of the book that I have breached Then some are incomprehensible limbos Gass s essay on Pound in Finding A Form , where he spends the first two pages deconstructing the Fate hidden in his name and the rest chalking up his f [...]

    4. Hadrian on said:

      Phew This is something I feel like I ve run a marathon, and I ve only picked at parts of these.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 an [...]

    5. Jonathan on said:

      Yet what need to say Tis as human a little story as paper could well carry, in affect, as singsing so Salaman susuing to swittvitles while as unbluffingly blurtubruskblunt as an Esra the cat, the cat s meeter, the meeter s cat s wife, the meeter s cat s wife s half better, the meeter s cat s wife s half better s meeter, and so back to our horses, for we also know, what we have perused from the pages of I Was A Gemral, that Showting up of Bulsklivism by Schottenboum , that Father Michael about th [...]

    6. Eric on said:

      It is difficult to estimate the totality of effect of Pound s having been We can say this much Without Pound there is no Williams, no Olson, no Zukofsky to name only the most obvious suspects But we might as well say that without Pound there is no Joyce, no Eliot Lewis is, natheless, as the tree, having never been nor yet is he to be seen as much, if seen Gaudier Forget it Antheil Well, yes, but to what extent Thus, and as simply, may we owe the finer and distinct shapes of poetry, prose, painti [...]

    7. Ken Moten on said:

      And If you say that this tale teachesa lesson, or that the Reverend Eliothas found a natural languageyou who thinkyou willget through hell in a hurry opening lines of Canto XLVI You will not find a better summary of all that modernist poetry had to offer than Ezra Pound s decades long collection of poetry, written with The Divine Comedy in mind, that he simply called The Cantos It is one of the most voluminous, complex, ambitious, and extreme works of literature ever released If you ever need t [...]

    8. Wesley Blixt on said:

      You want to reject Pound, as you want to reject Celine, for his politics, and for his role in the tragedy of the 20th century But his is voice that gets inside you head and won t got way, and his incantations make your liver quiver And you realize that there really is no Eliot or Hemingway or Williams or Ginsberg without him No Beats No Funk And besides, the greatest tragedy he presided over was his own Winter is icumin in, lude sing goddam .

    9. Dennis on said:

      Ugh, if I could provide a rating of negative stars, this would be the one Perhaps I ll finish it one day In my death bed senility I ll turn the last page and hauntingly tell that terrible grandchild, the one that s always torturing the cat or something, Promise me one day you ll read this, it s a classic I call this move the Reverse Rosebud I m spiteful like that I ve just committed to too many pages at this point I m no great critic of poetry I try not to overanalyze what I read that calls itse [...]

    10. Christan on said:

      Difficult, difficult read It is also a work of genius Demented genius at that Imagine Pound living in an steel cage, writing under the glare of floodlights and open hostility Certainly not a nice man, but also not an animal There is no Emily Dickinson to be found here

    11. TinHouseBooks on said:

      Miles Jochem Editorial Intern, Tin House Books You know you re in for a doozy when the most famous literary appraisal of a book ends with the warning, There are the Alps, fools Sit down and wait for them to crumble These lines, written by Basil Bunting, are about Ezra Pound s Cantos, one of the pillars of Modernism Pound ranks among the most controversial of writers, not least due to his open sympathy for anti Semitic fascists In fact, the US government charged him with treason in 1945 and he sp [...]

    12. Scott Gates on said:

      I think The Cantos is a disaster Maybe you could justify this mess by citing it as an early example of found poetry i.e large chunks of it is stuff that Pound cribbed directly from primary sources, but he chopped the lines to make it look like poetry I confess I didn t make it past Canto 28 There is some beautiful writing, but at a ratio of about three lines per five cantos So it was difficult mathematically to justify carrying on in the face of this deluge of obscurantism There is something sen [...]

    13. DoctorM on said:

      Brilliant, maddening, exhausting but one of the masterpieces of modern lit There are sections that thrill the heart to read aloud and cantos that drive you into a fury with obscurantism and posturing Every time the word usura comes up a fortiori when it s a personified Usura you remember Pound s lunatic politics and his support of Mussolini and Hitler s invasion of Russia And certainly the madness of Pound s later years is just waiting here But these poems are great powerful thundering intricate [...]

    14. Catherine on said:

      after a few glasses of wine i LOVE this book i haven t found very many deeper meanings in pound s rambling i think its just his intoxication with words and their rhythms that make it fantastic

    15. Kyle Muntz on said:

      Probably the most ambitious work of poetry ever, and interesting for so many reasons Sections of this book are incredibly beautiful, timeless, and untouchable, paired with a bunch of fascinating intellectual moves and an attempt to bring together the history and mythology of everything, ever, in a single poetic work Unfortunately, huge chunks probably most of the book are terrible, with a special mention going to a chunk near the center where Pound basically just lineates John Adam s letters for [...]

    16. vi macdonald on said:

      Oh the internal conflict of being both a Jew and a massive Ezra Pound fanMercifully he kept his views to himself for most of the time here so it was all really easy to enjoy without any major detracting distractions and, though not really relevant to the book at hand he did express a deep regret for his stupidity and ignorance to none other than Allen What A Babe Ginsberg, which certainly makes me feel a little less concerned about endorsing this book This book is without a doubt one of the grea [...]

    17. Cameron on said:

      Tough going, but worth it Despite its size, it s incomplete, trails off Full of false starts, wrong paths, arrogance But also great beauty It s a gorgeous failure, and well worth exploring, much like life.

    18. Clint on said:

      I could read this book again and again forever and still not completely get it, but it is one amazing book Being fluent in 12 or 13 languages would help.

    19. Andy on said:

      I finally read it through this year every word, with the exception of some pieces of the China cantos , and will go back to reread a bunch of it soon Really, it deserves 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 stars It s necessary to read it in chunks often a particularly opaque and kind of boring canto turns out to have a formal function in relation to the ones around it that gives it the status of a low activity passage in a piece of music I m with just about everybody else in preferring the Pisans, but other favori [...]

    20. Chester on said:

      Well, a fascist he may have been, but his poetry is daring, difficult and beautiful His images remain the best ever writtenwith a line he could conjure such feelings, such reactions and not always pleasant a condom full of black beetles His writing, nigh inaccessible to those not possessing an almost encylopedic knowledge of classical literature, chinese mythology, science, poetry, etc is in some senses the ultimate expression of the elitist movement of high modernismd that s why I love it, and [...]

    21. James Debruicker on said:

      I know I KNOW Pound s indefensible as a person He was a fascist and an anti Semite and completely fucking nuts He s also been dead for a while so I don t feel bad about reading this much like I ll finally watch Roman Polanski films once that fucker kicks the bucket The parts about how shitty World War I is are fantastic The parts about myth are fantastic Then Pound goes off on a tear about I don t know the gold standard, or something, and then the banks that run the world, and then yeah But the [...]

    22. Brian Hischier on said:

      I only give this five stars because Pound is dead If he was alive, I d ask him to stop publishing, but by all means to keep writing this mind boggling work it was clearly important to him in ways I can t fathom On the other hand, it makes complete sense There are moments of clarity that remind me of old Pound, but Old Pound spreads them out so far across the work that I forget why I m still reading But that s what reading is, though lots of words and a few great, memorable moments that are impos [...]

    23. Mark on said:

      So what if it doesn t cohere When it s lovely, it s lovely Parts are intensely moving Demote the book, please It s the magnum opus of an American eccentric, and should be read as such.

    24. Robert Riley on said:

      The greatest poetic epic of the 20th century Takes a lot of study, but worth every minute.

    25. Dundar on said:

      unending discovery of almost anything that is formed in poetry never to be fully understood

    26. Anthony on said:

      An epic masterpiece, heart breakingingly beautiful in many places, but uneven, and even unreadable in other spots.

    27. Ian on said:

      A great work Canto XLV in particular is the true spirit of puck rock.

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