Motive and Method in the Cantos of Ezra Pound

Motive and Method in the Cantos of Ezra Pound

Motive and Method in the Cantos of Ezra Pound

Motive and Method in the Cantos of Ezra Pound

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The first two of the essays here printed were read at the 1953 meeting of the English Institute at Columbia University. The second two are added because each develops an approach toward better understanding of the most difficult and most rewarding poem of our century: Sister Bernetta underlines the "Metamorphosis from Ovid" and Mr. Read the "descent into Hades from Homer"--the two themes on which Mr. Pound once told William Butler Yeats The Cantos was built. Unless otherwise indicated, quotations are from the New Directions edition of The Cantos and of other writings of Mr. Pound, and D. D. Paige The Letters of Ezra Pound.

Though this volume is small, many have contributed to it: Mr. Pound by friendly suggestions which, if they could all have been followed, would have made it a better book; Norman Holmes Pearson by introducing the editor to Mr. Read; Clark Emery by allowing editorial use of portions of his unpublished study of Mr. Pound; Wilbur Frohock by providing at the English Institute an excellently provocative introduction to The Cantos; and Achilles Fang by a paper read at the Institute which served admirably as prelude to the first public playing of Mr. Pound's recordings of certain of his poems.

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