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Ezra Pound: Poems and Translations (Library of America)
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2006
Not long ago English Departments were busy with dissertation after dissertation on Ezra Pound. At the time, many complained of a Pound Factory or Pound Industry. Yet today, there is not one Amazon review of this important collection of modern poetry. We all know the charges against Pound, anti-American, Anti-Semite, etc... and there can and should be no justification for any of the truly ugly things that he said and believed. If I am not mistaken, though, Richard Wagner is once again being played without challenge. I suspect that it has to do with the unfortunate fact that he produced works of amazing genius. Though I am no fan of Wagner or his music and despise his and Pound's racism, I do feel it necessary to acknowlege his place within the realm of modern/romantic music and/or the history of opera. Pound was, though we may not like the fact, a poet of genius who mentored Joyce, Eliot, Hemingway, Frost, Lowell, and yes even Yeats. He is an important bridge from modernism back to the Edwardian and Victorian poets. We ignore him and his works of genius at our own loss.
The Library of America edition has brought together many individual works of Pound from the Personna to his verse translations from the Chinese (in a manner of speaking). They have provided a significant service to Arts and Letters in this country by filling in this gape in their catalogue. This work contains all of Pound's poetry excluding the Cantos. Dig in deep, open this work anywhere and discover Pound afresh. You will see why A.S. Byatt considered using Pound's verse for her masterful, Possessions. As he said of Eliot, "Read him."
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2009
With the complete exception of any and all of Pound's Cantos this collection is simply exhaustive. I cannot imagine that there exists very much more than is contained herein. This volume along with The Complete Cantos I would consider to be sufficient as, more or less, the completion of any poetry enthusiasts Pound collection and I certainly recommend it (especially to aspiring poets). If you already enjoy Pound's work this is definitely for you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2012
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 the originals; as a literary activist and promoter, responsible for fostering more talent than any other person in the modern English-speaking world; and, notoriously, in his politics one of the most pernicious figures of his century. No serious reader of modern poetry can afford to neglect him, and for such readers this Library of America collection of all Pound's verse except for the Cantos will be indispensible. It includes a Chronology of Pound's life which amounts to a brief biography, as well as brief and selective but useful notes. The book is a worthy investment for serious students (whether in school or not); less ambitious readers of poetry would be better off with the briefer New Selected Poems and Translations (Second Edition) (New Directions Paperbook).
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on August 6, 2015
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 does seem to have been somewhat distanced from reality turns the end of his life.

This includes much of Pounds work, excluding his prose and the Cantos, but including the persona poems and his Chinese poems. Pound's brilliance does shine through in these poems. The resonance of Pound's poetry and his lyric compactness come through in this collection without some of the seeming ambitious but seemingly incoherent of parts of the Cantos.

Hopefully this volume will keep Pound work and his importance in circulation without valorizing or ignoring the problematic elements of Pound's thought and career. However, this does make it clear that Pound was a major modernist poet.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 13, 2008
Great collection in a wonderful long lasting binding from a non profit group that want's to preserve American Liturature. How can you go wrong.

If you are a Pound fan or just curious, this will be an important well read book in your library.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have always admired Ezra Pound from afar, being always a bit apprehensive about reading his poetry, because I think in his poetry he tries just a bit too hard to realize and make true statements he has made in his delightful books on how to read poetry. Pound seems to be imitating the behavior of a pudgy tabby, as it slowly inserts itself into a container which seems about two sizes too small. Pound does it by leading us on a scavenger hunt, to track down his meanings from a world of references including several languages, including ancient Greek. Of course, now, I have a shot at reading his Greek.

But my primary objective is to praise this selection. The selections made by this series is almost always spot on, and with Pound, they did it again, by including everything except the Cantos, which would fill another book this size. Leaving them out, and including other things, especially the translations, is brilliant, far better than including a selection from the Cantos.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2012
You cannot deny that Pound was a major influence upon modern poetry. He was a driving force In the forefront of a changing art form. The adage is ' things change, but slowly'. Not when Pound was around.

This is a comprehensive collection of all of Pounds poems and rumnations. And I mean definitive, en total.
Over 1200 pages of Pound after Pound.

But I must say it's all abit overwhelming. I prefer the smaller collections. I find them more digestible. However on the other hand you wont find all these poems everywhere except here. I sound as crazy as Pound.

And if your still standing there are over 1000 pages of chronology and notes on his poems. So what it boils down to, if you like modern poetry + if you like Ezra Pound you gotta have this book. All in all in the end it's quite impressive.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2015
At last! All the poetry and translations of poems the Master of Those Who Know has written have been gathered into on helluva volume. Terrific works by one of the seminal writers of poetry in the first half of the 20th century. This should be in your library.
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