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"First published in the United States in 1917 by Alfred A. Knopf. Inc., as Noh or Accomplishment, a study of the classical stage of Japan"--T.p. verso.
Paperback, 172 pages
Published December 1st 1979 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published July 7th 1977)
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I didn’t find the Noh plays in this volume very compelling. From his Chinese translations, I didn’t expect Pound’s translations of the Noh plays to be particularly true to the original works, but I did expect the language to be much more interesting. This short book of 160 pages read more like 400 pages.

I suspect a part of the problem was that a short, highly ritualized art form like Noh typically requires a highly compact, symbolic language. With such few words, they carry much more weight. Bu
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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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