Del Schwartz said about The Cantos, They are one of the touchstones of modern poetry William Carlos Williams said, Pound discloses history by its odor, by the feel of it in the words fuses it with the words, present and past, to MAKE his Cantos Make them Since the 1969 revised edition, the Italian Cantos LXXII and LXXIII as well as a 1966 fragment concludingDel Schwartz said about The Cantos, They are one of the touchstones of modern poetry William Carlos Williams said, Pound discloses history by its odor, by the feel of it in the words fuses it with the words, present and past, to MAKE his Cantos Make them Since the 1969 revised edition, the Italian Cantos LXXII and LXXIII as well as a 1966 fragment concluding the work have been added Now appearing for the first time is Pound s recently found English translation of Italian Canto LXXII.
The Cantos Del Schwartz said about The Cantos They are one of the touchstones of modern poetry William Carlos Williams said Pound discloses history by its odor by the feel of it in the words fuses it with the
I read this one on the train on my way home from work today NOT Three decades ago I picked it up, finished nearly half, then was overwhelmed with his words and the strife of my then life.Two decades ago I picked it up and nearly finished the thing until others words got in the way of his words and I had to use my own words to defend against said words and got lost in the sway.Rhythm, always rhythm.One day ago I finished it, complete, replete and without any sleep, yet strength enough to keep mys [...]
One of the greatest wordsmiths ever Reading Pound, one feels the weight of civic responsibility Pound rages at what he sees rending Western Civilization from its roots He discloses history by mentioning it, using events as metaphors, as expressions, as examples of his points, and in doing this he expects you to know them Pound s poetry convicts one to read Dante, to read Homer, to read the Troubadours The Cantos really has no plot The poem consists of approximately 120 shorter poems themselves c [...]
Though Pound s Cantos are going onto the to poke at with a stick shelf, I have actually read a number of the poems over the past few months, and some of them are staggeringly stunningly wind and sea and stone coast wrought Hellenic dreambeauties These from the first 15th or so of the book that I have breached Then some are incomprehensible limbos Gass s essay on Pound in Finding A Form , where he spends the first two pages deconstructing the Fate hidden in his name and the rest chalking up his f [...]
Phew This is something I feel like I ve run a marathon, and I ve only picked at parts of these.This is a wholly absorbing set of poetry Approximately 120 cantos which start off reminiscing about the Renaissance, going through all eras and ages of history, citing letters, missives, pamphlets, rages History as poetry, a grand tour Chinese characters, intricate, representing ideas and names and figures.The chant, USURA, elicits rage and greed and war, and the titanic struggles against corruption an [...]
Yet what need to say Tis as human a little story as paper could well carry, in affect, as singsing so Salaman susuing to swittvitles while as unbluffingly blurtubruskblunt as an Esra the cat, the cat s meeter, the meeter s cat s wife, the meeter s cat s wife s half better, the meeter s cat s wife s half better s meeter, and so back to our horses, for we also know, what we have perused from the pages of I Was A Gemral, that Showting up of Bulsklivism by Schottenboum , that Father Michael about th [...]
It is difficult to estimate the totality of effect of Pound s having been We can say this much Without Pound there is no Williams, no Olson, no Zukofsky to name only the most obvious suspects But we might as well say that without Pound there is no Joyce, no Eliot Lewis is, natheless, as the tree, having never been nor yet is he to be seen as much, if seen Gaudier Forget it Antheil Well, yes, but to what extent Thus, and as simply, may we owe the finer and distinct shapes of poetry, prose, painti [...]
And If you say that this tale teachesa lesson, or that the Reverend Eliothas found a natural languageyou who thinkyou willget through hell in a hurry opening lines of Canto XLVI You will not find a better summary of all that modernist poetry had to offer than Ezra Pound s decades long collection of poetry, written with The Divine Comedy in mind, that he simply called The Cantos It is one of the most voluminous, complex, ambitious, and extreme works of literature ever released If you ever need t [...]
You want to reject Pound, as you want to reject Celine, for his politics, and for his role in the tragedy of the 20th century But his is voice that gets inside you head and won t got way, and his incantations make your liver quiver And you realize that there really is no Eliot or Hemingway or Williams or Ginsberg without him No Beats No Funk And besides, the greatest tragedy he presided over was his own Winter is icumin in, lude sing goddam .
Ugh, if I could provide a rating of negative stars, this would be the one Perhaps I ll finish it one day In my death bed senility I ll turn the last page and hauntingly tell that terrible grandchild, the one that s always torturing the cat or something, Promise me one day you ll read this, it s a classic I call this move the Reverse Rosebud I m spiteful like that I ve just committed to too many pages at this point I m no great critic of poetry I try not to overanalyze what I read that calls itse [...]
Difficult, difficult read It is also a work of genius Demented genius at that Imagine Pound living in an steel cage, writing under the glare of floodlights and open hostility Certainly not a nice man, but also not an animal There is no Emily Dickinson to be found here
Miles Jochem Editorial Intern, Tin House Books You know you re in for a doozy when the most famous literary appraisal of a book ends with the warning, There are the Alps, fools Sit down and wait for them to crumble These lines, written by Basil Bunting, are about Ezra Pound s Cantos, one of the pillars of Modernism Pound ranks among the most controversial of writers, not least due to his open sympathy for anti Semitic fascists In fact, the US government charged him with treason in 1945 and he sp [...]
I think The Cantos is a disaster Maybe you could justify this mess by citing it as an early example of found poetry i.e large chunks of it is stuff that Pound cribbed directly from primary sources, but he chopped the lines to make it look like poetry I confess I didn t make it past Canto 28 There is some beautiful writing, but at a ratio of about three lines per five cantos So it was difficult mathematically to justify carrying on in the face of this deluge of obscurantism There is something sen [...]
Brilliant, maddening, exhausting but one of the masterpieces of modern lit There are sections that thrill the heart to read aloud and cantos that drive you into a fury with obscurantism and posturing Every time the word usura comes up a fortiori when it s a personified Usura you remember Pound s lunatic politics and his support of Mussolini and Hitler s invasion of Russia And certainly the madness of Pound s later years is just waiting here But these poems are great powerful thundering intricate [...]
after a few glasses of wine i LOVE this book i haven t found very many deeper meanings in pound s rambling i think its just his intoxication with words and their rhythms that make it fantastic
Probably the most ambitious work of poetry ever, and interesting for so many reasons Sections of this book are incredibly beautiful, timeless, and untouchable, paired with a bunch of fascinating intellectual moves and an attempt to bring together the history and mythology of everything, ever, in a single poetic work Unfortunately, huge chunks probably most of the book are terrible, with a special mention going to a chunk near the center where Pound basically just lineates John Adam s letters for [...]
Oh the internal conflict of being both a Jew and a massive Ezra Pound fanMercifully he kept his views to himself for most of the time here so it was all really easy to enjoy without any major detracting distractions and, though not really relevant to the book at hand he did express a deep regret for his stupidity and ignorance to none other than Allen What A Babe Ginsberg, which certainly makes me feel a little less concerned about endorsing this book This book is without a doubt one of the grea [...]
Tough going, but worth it Despite its size, it s incomplete, trails off Full of false starts, wrong paths, arrogance But also great beauty It s a gorgeous failure, and well worth exploring, much like life.
Takes years to read these fully It did pay off For me, anyway.
I could read this book again and again forever and still not completely get it, but it is one amazing book Being fluent in 12 or 13 languages would help.
I finally read it through this year every word, with the exception of some pieces of the China cantos , and will go back to reread a bunch of it soon Really, it deserves 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 stars It s necessary to read it in chunks often a particularly opaque and kind of boring canto turns out to have a formal function in relation to the ones around it that gives it the status of a low activity passage in a piece of music I m with just about everybody else in preferring the Pisans, but other favori [...]
Well, a fascist he may have been, but his poetry is daring, difficult and beautiful His images remain the best ever writtenwith a line he could conjure such feelings, such reactions and not always pleasant a condom full of black beetles His writing, nigh inaccessible to those not possessing an almost encylopedic knowledge of classical literature, chinese mythology, science, poetry, etc is in some senses the ultimate expression of the elitist movement of high modernismd that s why I love it, and [...]
I know I KNOW Pound s indefensible as a person He was a fascist and an anti Semite and completely fucking nuts He s also been dead for a while so I don t feel bad about reading this much like I ll finally watch Roman Polanski films once that fucker kicks the bucket The parts about how shitty World War I is are fantastic The parts about myth are fantastic Then Pound goes off on a tear about I don t know the gold standard, or something, and then the banks that run the world, and then yeah But the [...]
I only give this five stars because Pound is dead If he was alive, I d ask him to stop publishing, but by all means to keep writing this mind boggling work it was clearly important to him in ways I can t fathom On the other hand, it makes complete sense There are moments of clarity that remind me of old Pound, but Old Pound spreads them out so far across the work that I forget why I m still reading But that s what reading is, though lots of words and a few great, memorable moments that are impos [...]
So what if it doesn t cohere When it s lovely, it s lovely Parts are intensely moving Demote the book, please It s the magnum opus of an American eccentric, and should be read as such.
The greatest poetic epic of the 20th century Takes a lot of study, but worth every minute.
unending discovery of almost anything that is formed in poetry never to be fully understood
currently using this book
An epic masterpiece, heart breakingingly beautiful in many places, but uneven, and even unreadable in other spots.
A great work Canto XLV in particular is the true spirit of puck rock.