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Literary Essays of Ezra Pound Paperback – January 17, 1968
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Having survived Browning's "Sordello," I thought I'd devote attention to some of the ideas that led to "The Cantos." Soon, it becomes clear that a fuller understanding of the poet requires equal attention to his economic and political ideas. Too many discussions of Pound simply apologize quickly and awkwardly for his anti-Semiticism, and move on to "safer" selections from the poetry. Pound may at least deserve credit for the courage of his convictions (like a suicide bomber), regardless of how wrong-headed they were. (He did try in vain to recant abhorrent, hateful words that, having gone out over the radio waves, were indelible and on the record.) Still, some would argue that his printed words are equally on the record, and if so it's necessary to give his writings their due (admittedly often ramblings) Selected Prose 1909-1965 in order to come to a better understanding of the most notoriously difficult poem by an American poet.Read more ›