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Poems and Translations

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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 2003 by Library of America
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Jon Corelis
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: verse

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”
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
Marc Royston
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Much to my consternation, after reading this from cover-to-cover, with the exception of the texts of a few Noh plays, I found nothing I particularly other than the one poem of Pound's that enamored me way back in high school -- i.e., "Ancient Music". A few of the translations of the Italian poets were interesting, but did not floor me. And, honestly, the translations of the Chinese texts left me completely flat. I will still read "Cantos" at some point, but not with the anticipation I would have ...more
C. Derick
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jesse Broussard
Feb 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: excellent, poetry
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.
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Didn't read it all, of course. Sapphires in the mud and all that. (& yeah, I know that's Eliot.)
Jan 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
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So far, my favourite poetry in class.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, collection
A collection of Pound's best poems.
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Poet of his time I think, but rational and ambitious.
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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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