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The Spirit of Romance: Survey of Romance Literature

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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, 256 pages
Published December 17th 2005 by New Directions (first published 1910)
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Robin
Feb 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ongoing-reading
close reading of italian romantics with someone who knows them closely. a little bit like dreaming awake.
Harry
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kind of slow slog of literary criticism but it really picks up near the end around the point where he starts talking about Camoens, kind of surprised with the mediocre lead up into the troubadours and mediocre lead out of the troubadours how much fun it was to read this, really philosophically insightful and biographically insightful into the character of Pound's work, and strangely enough is probably the perfect primer into the Cantos due to the subtle and sly significance of the chapter on Cam ...more
Portia
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
George Bozhidarov
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
'Ezra Pound is more responsible for the twentieth-century revolution in poetry than is any other individual.' One has to go through this book in order to understand Eliot's words better, and find them true eventually :)
Sean Tatol
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is, to say the least, a book for a particular audience. Too loose for proper academia and too obscure of a subject to interest a general audience, I can only imagine this appealing to fans of poetry who are drawn to its more archaic periods, for heaven only knows what reason. I'm one of those fans, in no little part under the influence of the other works of Pound, so I found it to be a perfectly appealing survey delivered with Pound's distinctly opinionated perspective, which I always appre ...more
Leah
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ezra pound is a great critic
e
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 further elucidation. ...more
Nathaniel
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
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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.

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