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The study of Chinese culture was a dominant concern in Ezra Pound's life and work. His great Canto XIII is about Kung (Confucius), Cantos LII-LXI deal with Chinese history, and in the later Cantos key motifs are often given in Chinese quotations with the characters set into the English text. His introduction to Oriental literature was chiefly through Ernest Fenollosa whose ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published January 17th 1969 by New Directions (first published January 1st 1951)
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Al Maki
Mar 22, 2014 Al Maki rated it liked it
When I first read it I thought it was a profound into Chinese thought but since then I have learned that Pound's interpretation of Confucius contains a great deal more of Pound than it does of Confucius. I think it's probably best to regard this in the same light as Robert Lowell's imitations.
Eric
Sep 16, 2014 Eric rated it it was amazing
Laconic Pound--cachectic wisdom. Better this than the "China cantos." Though this makes of those a richer experience!

[Pound is fair here--making sure to note at the foot of certain of the more bonepickish characters the interpretations alternately of Legge and Pauthier, sometimes both.]
Steve
Jan 18, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
I have many translations. Pound is idiosyncratic, for sure, but he's the one I keep coming back to. I trust his ear.
Mikael
Nov 13, 2010 Mikael rated it liked it
Recommends it for: confucius
any pound is great but i think confucius was the hitler to taos gandhi. this cd be what pushed him over to il duce love. i alternately have digestive problem or feel a bit wobbly after reading this one.
Kevin
Aug 13, 2009 Kevin rated it it was ok
2.5 repetitive... strange translations at times. but interesting! mostly...
Mitch
Jul 27, 2007 Mitch rated it liked it
Slow going. Important, though, if you're reading thru the Cantos
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Feb 06, 2012 Sam rated it really liked it
Indeed.
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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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