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Ezra Pound, the Basics of his Life and Literary Works

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Works Cited Bartlett, John. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company. 1992. Carpenter, Humphrey. Serious Character: the life of Ezra Pound Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1988. Ebble, Kenneth. Ezra Pound Boston: Twayne Publishing. 1979 Ellmann, Richard. "Ezra Pound". The New Oxford Book of American Verse. New York: Oxford Press.1976 Gunton, Sharon R. Contempary Literary Criticism. "Ezra Pound." 1981 ed. vol. 18. 419-429 Makin, Peter. Pound's Cantos (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1985) Who's Who in America. "Pound, Ezra". 1973 ed. vol. 5. 580 Brooker, Peter. Student's Guide to the Selected Poems of Ezra Pound (London: Faber and Faber, 1979) Cookson, William. A Guide to The Cantos of Ezra Pound (London: Croom Helm, 1985) Dilligan, Robert J., James W. Parins, and Todd K. Bender. A Concordeance to Ezra Pound's Cantos (New York: Garland, 1981) Edwards, John Hamilton, and William W. Vasse, Annotated Index to the Cantos of Ezra Pound: Cantos I-LXXXIV (Berkeley: P, 1957) Ernest Fenollosa's Classic Noh Theatre of Japan ( National Poetry Foundation and The Ezra Pound Society of Japan, 1994) Terrell, Carroll F. A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound, Vol. 1 (Cantos 1-71) (Berkeley: University of California P, 1980) Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, but was raised and educated primarily in Pennsylvania. ...read more.

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He was now concentrating on The Cantos, his 'poem including history', and the first section was published in 1925. As The Cantos shows, he was now preoccupied with economics. The war, as he saw it, had been caused by the rivalries of international capitalists. He thought he had found a solution to the evils of unchecked capitalism, one especially favorable to the arts, in the Social Credit theory of Major C. H. Douglas, who argued that a system of state credit could increase purchasing power in the population at large, thus promoting creativity and removing power from bankers and financiers. Attracted to Mussolini by his energy and his promises of monetary reform, Pound na�vely assumed that the Italian leader could be persuaded to put Douglas's theory into practice. At first, the main target of Pound's attacks is 'usury', which he depicts (e.g. in Canto 45) as an unnatural force that pollutes the creative instinct in humanity. By about 1930 the usurers he condemns are usually Jews, and his language is vitiated by virulent anti-Semitism. A Draft of XXX Cantos (1930) presents the poet as wandering Odysseus, traveling among the dead. Through juxtaposition, he uncovers repeated patterns in history and experiences moments when the world of time is transfigured by the eternal world of the gods. ...read more.

Conclusion

The same quality lies behind his genius for translation, an art he has been said to have invented for our time: uncannily, he creates a language for each author which registers the remoteness of the author from our world while at the same time making his work available to us. If Pound is obscure, it is largely because of his wide frame of reference; he was also an educator, who used poetry to introduce his readers to works and ideas he had discovered for himself. It is hardly his fault that his syllabus has never been adopted. Ezra Pound's poetry is collected in two volumes: Collected Shorter Poems (London, 1984)--the American edition is entitled Personae: Collected Poems (New York, 1971)--and The Cantos of Ezra Pound (New York, 1972; London, 1981). The Translations of Ezra Pound, ed. Hugh Kenner (New York and London, 1953), is a large selection with omissions in it. The Literary Essays of Ezra Pound, ed. T. S. Eliot (London and New York, 1954), suggests the scope of his criticism, while Selected Prose, 1909-1965, ed. William Cookson (London and New York, 1973), includes much of his polemical writing as well. The fullest biography is Humphrey Carpenter, A Serious Character (London, 1988), though it has been severely criticized. Ezra Pound, the Basics of his Life and Literary Works By: Daniel Austin Cupkovic Mr. Moreland 6th Period English 10 Honors 5/25/01 ...read more.

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