Ezra Pound: A Literary Life, 1st Edition by Ira B. Nadel (auth.)

By Ira B. Nadel (auth.)

Drawing on a chain of latest resources, this biography of Ezra Pound - the 1st to seem in additional than a decade - outlines his contribution to modernism via an in depth account of his improvement, impression and endured importance. It can pay exact awareness to his position in growing Imagism, Vorticism and the trendy lengthy poem, in addition to his value for Yeats, Joyce and Eliot. His roles as editor, translator and critic, plus his try and whole The Cantos , also are studied.

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Kitty Heyman arrived in Venice in June on a recital tour of Europe and Pound was quick to join her, announcing that he would act as her manager; he held a press conference for her and assisted her with details concerning her Venetian performance. He even considered joining her for her Paris and London concerts, but settled, instead, for a poem 'Nel Biancheggiar' - about the effect of her Venice performance which '\ 1'\' \llIsh" is Your Dishormonv': 1908-14 35 was quoted in a Venice newspaper (ALSp 109) .

ALSp 13) Throughout the volume, Pound seeks a poetry of essences through a set of recurrent image patterns using what he would later call the phantastikon or image-making faculty (SR 92) . ' Extending the concept, he writes, 'And from these like we guess a soul for man/ And build him full of aery populations' (Per 234) . Disembodied spirits and dreams are only two of the features in the poetic universe created by poems in his first book. Headnotes expla in the more arcane Troubadour tales, while a line from Browning often sets up an imitative monologue, with verses in Latin , Italian or French acting as prefaces for other poems.

Pound vigorously objected (see SL 156-161). During the war years, Williams would also object to Pound 's racist radio broadcasts, although he defended him as a remarkable poet and helped to win his release from US custody. In his second year at Penn, Pound began to concentrate on Latin, including a study of the outspoken, epigrammatic poet Catullus, as well as Propertius, and Virgil. He con tinued an interest in chess and fencing which began in high school, taking lessons from Signor Terrone, the Penn coach.

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