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Cathay to Confucius: Ezra Pound and China

Josephine Nock-Hee Park

in Apparitions of Asia: Modernist Form and Asian American Politics

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195332735
eISBN:
9780199868148
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332735.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter argues that Ezra Pound's multiple invocations of China were bound to his American ambitions. Pound struggled with Whitman to take on the mantle of American bard, but he turned to the ... More


Readings in the Cantos: Volume I

Richard Parker (ed.)

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781942954408
eISBN:
9781786944337
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This project provides critical readings of individual sections of The Cantos of Ezra Pound written by prominent Pound scholars who combine critical insight with useful information about sources and ... More


‘Ear for the sea-surge’: Pound's Uses of Old English

CHRIS JONES

in Strange Likeness: The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199278329
eISBN:
9780191707889
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278329.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter argues against previous opinion that Pound's interest in Old English extends from his earliest juvenilia to the later Cantos. It disproves critics who regard Pound as a dilettante in Old ... More


‘Kuanon of all Delights’: Seven Lakes, Eight Views, and the Korean Goddess of The Cantos

Rupert Richard Arrowsmith

in Modernism and the Museum: Asian, African, and Pacific Art and the London Avant-Garde

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199593699
eISBN:
9780191595684
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593699.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter begins by considering the renewal of contact between Pound and Laurence Binyon just prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, showing that this was the main stimulus behind the ... More


Canto 1

Catherine Paul

in Readings in the Cantos: Volume I

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781942954408
eISBN:
9781786944337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Catherine E. Paul’s reading of Canto 1 focuses on the poem as a frame for the entire Cantos project, showing how the poem establishes writing and a negotiation of a textual past as epic acts. This ... More


Ezra Pound: ‘My job was to bring a dead man to life’

Matthew Reynolds

in The Poetry of Translation: From Chaucer & Petrarch to Homer & Logue

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199605712
eISBN:
9780191731617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605712.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Since at least the time of Dryden, a ‘dead’ translation has been a bad one. But during the nineteenth century, poets became interested in the expressive possibilities of a dead style: Browning is one ... More


Listening to the Late Cantos

Kristin Grogan

in Sounding Modernism: Rhythm and Sonic Mediation in Modern Literature and Film

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474416368
eISBN:
9781474434591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416368.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter explores the sonic possibilities of the Chinese characters in Ezra Pound’s late cantos. Specifically it examines how Pound understood Chinese sound in his late career, and traces what he ... More


‘Beauty is difficult’: Speech! Speech! (2000)

Jeffrey Wainwright

in Acceptable Words: Essays on the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719067549
eISBN:
9781781703359
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719067549.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

‘Beauty’ might be said to be a problem for many twentieth-century artists. In his essay on Ezra Pound's ‘Envoi (1919)’, Geoffrey Hill quotes Pound's assertion ‘Beauty is difficult’, a quotation from ... More


The Ur-Cantos

Helen Carr

in Readings in the Cantos: Volume I

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781942954408
eISBN:
9781786944337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The Ur-Cantos, published in 1917 in Poetry as 'Three Cantos', were Pound's first attempt at his 'poem of some length', eventually to be The Cantos. Many of the images, places, poems, and stories that ... More


Cantos 14–15

Andrew Thacker

in Readings in the Cantos: Volume I

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781942954408
eISBN:
9781786944337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter discusses Cantos 14 and 15 of Ezra Pound's Cantos, which are known as the 'Hell' Cantos. These depict what Pound saw as the state of England immediately after the end of World War One, ... More


Date Line: Including History

C.D. Blanton

in Epic Negation: The Dialectical Poetics of Late Modernism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199844715
eISBN:
9780190231590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844715.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

In The Waste Land’s wake, this chapter turns to the formative moment of Pound’s own epic, the drafting of the Malatesta Cantos in 1922. Reconstructing Pound’s recollection of a contemporaneous ... More


Ezra Pound as Noh Student

Carrie J. Preston

in Learning to Kneel: Noh, Modernism, and Journeys in Teaching

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231166508
eISBN:
9780231541541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231166508.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The first chapter uses the famous play, Hagoromo (The Feather Mantle), to explore noh dramaturgy and performance technique. Pound received a version of Hagoromo along with other draft translations of ... More


Mutability and Mortality in The Faerie Queene

Judith H. Anderson

in Light and Death: Figuration in Spenser, Kepler, Donne, Milton

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780823272778
eISBN:
9780823272822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823272778.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Spenser’s Mutabilitie Cantos engage the subjects of sin and death from start to finish—from the introduction of Mutability herself through the end of her pageant—but Spenser’s Mutability is neither a ... More


Conclusion

Rebecca Walsh

in The Geopoetics of Modernism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780813060514
eISBN:
9780813050683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060514.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The conclusion considers the implications of the geopoetic method laid out in the book that seeks to historicize the spatial strategies of literary texts—even experimental poetic ones—in the context ... More


‘Disney Against the Metaphysicals’:Eisenstein, Pound, Ectoplasm and the Politics of Animation

Leigh Wilson

in Modernism and Magic: Experiments with Spiritualism, Theosophy and the Occult

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780748627691
eISBN:
9780748684441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627691.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter considers ectoplasm in relation to the materiality of film, and ask what this materiality does to questions of mimesis. It looks at Ezra Pound's conflicted attitude to film, via both his ... More


From Passéism to Anachronism: Material Histories in Pound’s Venice

Jennifer Scappettone

in Killing the Moonlight: Modernism in Venice

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164320
eISBN:
9780231537742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164320.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter looks at Ezra Pound's collection of poems about Venice, the place he credited with awakening his interest in “civilization.” His first collection establishes an archaeological process ... More


A Vision of Ezra Pound

Catherine E. Paul

in W. B. Yeats's A Vision: Explications and Contexts

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780983533924
eISBN:
9781781382219
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780983533924.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Ezra Pound was an important figure in W. B. Yeats’s imagination in the genesis, development, explication and dissemination of the system of A Vision. Beginning with the time that Yeats and his new ... More


Propaganda Art: Can a Poet be a Traitor?

Catherine E. Paul

in Fascist Directive: Ezra Pound and Italian Cultural Nationalism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781942954057
eISBN:
9781781384053
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781942954057.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter Seven brings the findings of these chapters together to resolve how Ezra Pound’s modernism changed as a result of his engagement with Mussolini’s regime. Here we come quickly to the question ... More


The Haunting of Don Juan

Peter W. Graham

in Byron's Ghosts: The Spectral, the Spiritual and the Supernatural

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781846319709
eISBN:
9781781380925
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319709.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter offers an alternative reading of the English Cantos’ erotic spectral escapades and identifies a number of other ways in which the poem is haunted. These include the protagonist’s status ... More


The Direct Method: Ezra Pound, Non-Translation, and the International Future

Rebecca Beasley

in Modernism and Non-Translation

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198821441
eISBN:
9780191883170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198821441.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter explores how literary non-translation might be considered as an instance in a broader reevaluation of translation as a social, political and pedagogical practice in the wake of the First ... More


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