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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 excep ...more
Hardcover, 1300 pages
Published October 13th 2003 by Library of America
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Jon Corelis
Essential for modern poetry

***** A Five Star Poetry Book: Recommended for All Readers

Ezra Pound remains a problem: at his best superb poet and one of the finest poetic craftsmen ever (I don't think I've read a line of his without learning something about how to write poetry,) at worst still interestingly idiosyncratic; as a critic by turns brilliantly insightful and stubbornly wrong-headed; as a translator repeatedly devising versions which for all their faults indelibly alter our perception of
Dr. Carl Ludwig Dorsch

I met Pound in 1914 and did not much care for him. However he apparently seems to retain much of his reputation as a prime instigator of the “modern.” One could cite, for instance, this 1916 use of “email”:

“Bewildering spring, and by the Auvezère
Poppies and day's-eyes in the green email
Rose over us; and we knew all that stream…”

[From "Near Périgord" in “Lustra” (p. 307 in this Library of America edition); see also Eliot’s reference via Jean de Bosschère in “Ezra Pound: His Metric and Poetry”
C. Derick Varn
Pound is hard for any contemporary writer to deal with clearly: he was crucial to modernism and objectivism, but his politics are objectionable and his politics did inform his later writing. His poetic translations from the Chinese are not so much translations and riddled with an ideological orientalism that did come out of (somewhat misinformed) place of respect. Yet he is a not "major minor" as he has been called by other poets because of his politics and his anti-American turn. Indeed, he doe ...more
Few poets cause as much consternation as Ezra Pound. A discussion of modern and modernist poetry is impossible without mentioning him, yet his flaws – artistic, personal and political – make it difficult to talk about him.

Pounds was, ultimately, a restless man – restless with the world, with poetry and with himself. He was always leaping from one style to another, one school of poetry to another, and one idea to another, restlessly searching for the next big thing, for some kind of renaissance,
Feb 17, 2011 Mark marked it as to-read
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I bought this mostly for the translations. I'm really loving the Confucius, right now. I'm doing a group read of the Cantos and so am working through this when I need something lighter, as well--it's not mentioned much, but Pound really had a talent for Doggerel and light verse as well.

If you're looking for a good book of poetry, though, just buy Pound's Personae. He edited that himself (I think?) and anyway, it cuts the chaff and is a fine actual book, whereas this is intense. I bought this aft
Jesse Broussard
I still disagree with Eliot's "Il miglor fabrio" dedication, but at least I now understand it. Eliot is erudite, esoteric, and haunting, though he can make his point with a sledge when he feels the need.
I haven't read all of this, and Pound can be pretty esoteric; but he can also be irresistibly gorgeous and haunting. "The River Merchant's Wife: a Letter" will stick with me forever.
Didn't read it all, of course. Sapphires in the mud and all that. (& yeah, I know that's Eliot.)
Poet of his time I think, but rational and ambitious.
Aug 19, 2011 Maria added it
So far, my favourite poetry in class.
Jan 21, 2008 Mikael rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: richard sieburth
il miglior fabro is fab and mah bro
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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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