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This collection of essays, edited by Pound's friend and fellow poet T.S. Eliot, contains essays from five earlier volumes: Pavannes and Divisions (1918), Instigations(1920), How to Read(1931), Make it New(1934), and Polite Essays(1937). The thirty-three essays contained in this collection are separated into three categories: The Art of Poetry, The Tradition, and Contempora...more
Paperback, 578 pages
Published 1973 by Garzanti (first published January 1st 1954)
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Josh
Pound. The bottom line for me is that his poetry is great as an idea, while his prose is great as an experience - that is, actually great. The essays in this book and elsewhere (the letters too) are so entertaining: a cross between Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, Flaubert, maybe the Goncourt brothers. Pound's acidity is aggravating at times, but this is part of the fun and anyway maybe we need to be aggravated (he always ends up paying us for it anyway). In the end, he continues a tradition of America...more
Gabriel
I have only read the first section of this: "The Art of Poetry," but wish I had come upon it sooner. In particular, the two essays, "The Serious Artist," and "How to Read," are absolutely excellent.
Wes Zickau
It is not necessary to read the whole book. In fact, I discourage reading much of his criticism (Parts 2 and 3) unless one reads the criticized first, with some exceptions. Even if you haven't read Dante, Homer (translated), or the troubadours, I recommend reading these sections. However, having yet to read Cavalcanti, Villon, Rimbaud, and a host of others that he addresses or references, I read selectively.

I recommend reading all of Part 1. Although his essay "A Retrospect" receives much atten...more
Margaret1358 Joyce
Okay, I didn't finish this bk, but as I've already returned it to the library, I should chalk it up here and say a few words. It's an exceptional book, but a lot of it pertaining to authors I either haven't read or whose work is too closely studied for my level of interest. There is one chapter, about the general practice or writing,however,that I loved for its sparkling prose and clever comments.
Michael Volpi
Experiencing this book has been an education, for which I am immensely grateful. My fascination and curiosity of Pound have increased markedly; I feel as if I can finally 'dig in' and appreciate this man's enigmatic works, instead of remaining intimidated to the point of repulsion.
Mitch
Lots of fun. The essay, "How To Read" is one of the very best literary essays ever written by an American poet. Way beyond the ABC's of reading, this essay simply rocks. Worth the whole book (though there is a lot of good stuff in this book). Try it.
Sally
Pound's thoughts about the nature of reading, the beauty of life, the importance of scholars and artists to the well being of a society make me completely woozy.
Paola
fra le altre meraviglie di questo libro, un paragrafo intitolato
_traduttori dal greco: primi traduttori di omero_
Stuart Cooke
Some of the essays on writing are fantastic, but how Pound's 'book reviews' pass for literary criticism is beyond me.
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Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early-to-mid 20th century poetry.

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