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Written in 1910 when Pound was only 25 years old, and later revised by the author, this critical work has long stood as an important stage in the development of Pound's poetics, and a dramatic revaluation of Europe's literary tradition. Pound surveys the course of literature from the fall of the Roman Empire through the dawn of the Renaissance, paying special attention to ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 1910)
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There's indispensable information & literary history here, but Pound glosses & summarizes too often here for it to be of much merit analytically or as a critique. For example, he assumes the reader doesn't even know the plot to The Divine Comedy & so spends the majority of his Dante chapter recapitulating that for us & the remainder essentially positing the argument that the portions of the Commedia Pound quotes should speak for themselves as to Dante's immortality & need no ...more
close reading of italian romantics with someone who knows them closely. a little bit like dreaming awake.
Ezra Pound is extremely knowledgeable and without a doubt an amazing poet and thinker. This book really goes into depth about Troubadours and their influences in past and present with various references to esteemed poets and philosophers. I enjoy this topic and his writing but sometimes I couldn't get through some of his chapters unless I devoted entirely all of my attention to it since there were a lot of allusions to other readings and you almost had to "read what he read"(in the words of my p ...more
Si per mo Sobre-Totz no fos,
Que ditz com chan e sia gais,
Ja.l suaus tems, can l'erba nais,
Ni pratz ni rams ni boscs ni flors,
Ni durs senher ni van' amors,
No.m poirian metr' en eslais!
not bad for a thesis
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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.

Pound's The Cantos contains music and bears a title that could be translated as The Songs—although it never is. Pound's ear was tuned to the motz et sons of troubadour poetry where, as musicologist John Stevens has noted, "melody and
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Selected Poems The Cantos ABC of Reading Personæ: The Shorter Poems Literary Essays of Ezra Pound

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