Ezra Pounds Cantos: A Casebook

Paperback | October 26, 2006

EditorPeter Makin

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This casebook provides a selection of key criticism, including an article newly translated into English, on the Cantos of Ezra Pound. The introduction positions the poem within Pound's corpus, contextualizes the contributions included and outlines their arguments, and concludes withsuggestions for how the student may best approach this troubled and fascinating artifact. The selected articles maintain a high level of immediate contact with the Cantos, with the intention of preparing students for reading individual cantos on their own. Contributors discuss the nature of many ofthe successive major blocks of work, allowing the Pound newcomer to experience the poem as an irregular progression, varying greatly in its qualities. The first selection discusses "Canto I"; subsequent selections discuss, successively, major elements from "Canto II", the Draft of XXX, the ChinaCantos, the Pisan Cantos, and Drafts and Fragments. As a whole, the collection elucidates the personal and historical shifts that profoundly impacted Pound and consequentially produced the changing fusions of technique and matter in the Cantos. It also shows some of the huge variation in criticsconceptions of the poem, or poetry itself, and of what it meant to be a poet and citizen of the West during the half-century in which the Cantos were written.

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This casebook provides a selection of key criticism, including an article newly translated into English, on the Cantos of Ezra Pound. The introduction positions the poem within Pound's corpus, contextualizes the contributions included and outlines their arguments, and concludes withsuggestions for how the student may best approach this...

Peter Makin is Professor of English at Kansai University in Osaka, Japan.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.39 × 8.19 × 0.71 inPublished:October 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPETER MAKIN: Ezra PoundHUGH KENNER: Persephone's EzraGUY DAVENPORT: The Ideogrammic Method in The CantosGIROLAMO MANCUSO: Why the Commedia is Not the Model for The Cantos and What IsREED WAY DASENBROCK: History and Money, Fact and HysteriaPETER MAKIN: "Safe with My Lynxes": Pound's Figure in the Carpet?MASSIMO BACIGALUPO: Extracts from Ezra Pound and the Erotic MediumKEVIN ODERMAN: A Metaphysics of the StatePETER NICHOLLS: Inventing ConfuciusHUGH KENNER: The Music of a Lost Dynasty: Pound in the ClassroomD. S. CARNE-ROSS: Res and Verba in Rock-Drill and AfterDONALD DAVIE: "Unstill, Ever Turning": The Composition of Ezra's Pound's Drafts and FragmentsRONALD BUSH: An Interview with Ezra PoundD. G. BRIDSON: Ezra Pound: An InterviewDONALD HALL: Selected Further Readings