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Selected Prose 1909-1965 (New Directions Paperbook) Paperback – January 17, 1973
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Having survived Browning's Sordello (which I'm unconvinced Pound did, or he wouldn't be making ridiculous statements about moving on to a more "modern" form of poetic discourse), I thought I'd give its offspring some of my time. Too many discussions of Pound simply apologize quickly and awkwardly for his anti-semiticism, and move on. Given all the "suspected" and covert anti-Semites in the arts, give Pound credit, at least, for the courage of his convictions (like a suicide bomber), regardless of how wrong-headed they were. Also, it may be necessary to give more attention to his writings in this area (admittedly often ramblings) to come to a better understanding of the most notoriously difficult poem by an American poet, "The Cantos." Pound obsesses on the subject of "usury" for a hundred or more pages in this prose collection, enough to allow the reader to see in greater clarity the connection between the American and Italian authors of literature's two most famous "Cantos," since Dante provides a place for usurers in the eighth, penultimate circle of The Infernal.Read more ›
So it gets one star. So what is five stars? Those are books that in the humble opinion of the reviewer should be read by every man, woman, child, Irishperson, and dog on the planet. For example S.I. Hiyakawa's Language in Thought and Action or Robert Anton Wilson's Quantum Psychology... Thanks for your attention.