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This newly revised and greatly expanded edition of Ezra Pound’s Selected Poems is intended to articulate Pound for the twenty-first century. Gone are many of the “stale creampuffs” (as Pound called them) of the 1949 edition. Instead, new emphasis has been laid on the interpenetration of original composition and translation within Pound’s career. New features of this editio ...more
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Published 2010 by New Directions
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J. Alfred
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I think a lot of the appreciation of poetry is simply the quasi-moral decision that one is going to put up with a lot of stuff that one doesn't understand in order to get taught something. Of course a poet can't always speak in a way that even the educated reader would immediately appreciate, or else the poetry wouldn't have anything to say.
Pound, of course, pushes this envelope about as far as it will go. Extensive editing and notes still don't help him to be explicable all the time, and yet o
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My mind is a corridor. The minds about me are corridors.
Nothing suggests itself. There is nothing to do but keep on.
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Nov 17, 2011 added it
Shelves: poetry
Not gonna rate this, but this is pretty indispensable Pound, not only because of the breadth of work covered here (over the relatively glossary 1949 ed. of Selected Poems) but because of Sieburth's acuity, T.S. Eliot's demonstrable idiocy re: his friend's poetry, and Berryman's absolute joy of an essay appended to the end. Footnotes are abound, too, to help explain the allusions Pound's making, and even Pound himself admits (as said in the introduction) that he'd prefer if readers take from his ...more
Tom Steele
Oct 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is hands down one of the most unintelligible books I've ever tried to read. Pound uses so many references that it seems as though he has a quote of some kind. I imagine that 99.9% of the people who pick up this book will be as lost as I was as I tried to sift through both Pound's consistent obscure references as well as his archaic diction in general. 1 star may seem harsh because I imagine there's a lot here for the remaining .1% and I did, after all, find a few lines (lines, not entire p ...more
Matt Chabe
Great poet. But also dry and self-indulgent

I like Ezra Pound. He can be highly descriptive and elicit complex emotions with just a few words. Overall, however, he is indulgent to a fault in his obsession with centuries-old forms of poetic storytelling. More ardent Pound scholars will doubtless cry foul. But the reality is that Pound is often severe, serious, academic, and dry. When he’s describing the minutiae of the human condition: marvelous. Otherwise, he’s like a old, strict uncle more comfo
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Rachel
Jan 15, 2012 added it
Shelves: for-a-class, poetry
Yeah, giving this a star rating seems impossible. Ezra, I'll check back in when I'm 50, when I'll hopefully have a thousand more books in my head and at least one more language.

One thing I did find oddly touching amidst all the time I spent feeling stupid was a certain vulnerability some of the poems have—how quick he is to evade those vulnerabilities, but how precious they are for the evasions.
Mike Hammer
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
some nice language and images, dispersed among rambling lack of narrative blubbering and lots of nods to lots of other books and writers and senarios
Lauren
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
The collection itself is excellent. Ezra Pound, however, is a tool.
Gina
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not quite my style.
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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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