Selected Cantos of Ezra Pound

Selected Cantos of Ezra Pound

Selected Cantos of Ezra Pound

Selected Cantos of Ezra Pound

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I have made these selections to indicate main elements in the Cantos . To the specialist the task of explaining them. As Jung says: "Being essentially the instrument for his work, he [the artist] is subordinate to it and we have no reason for expecting him to interpret it for us. He has done the best that is in him by giving it form and he must leave interpretation to others and to the future."

The best introduction to the Cantos and to the present selection of passages might be the following lines from the earlier draft of a Canto (1912), reprinted in the fiftieth memorial issue of Poetry (Chicago).

Hang it all, there can be but one "Sordello"!
But say I want to, say I take your whole bag of tricks,
Let in your quirks and tweeks, and say the thing's an art-form,
Your Sordello, and that the modern world
Needs such a rag-bag to stuff all its thoughts in;
Say that I dump my catch, shiny and silvery
As fresh sardines slapping and slipping on the marginal cobbles?
(I stand before the booth, the speech; but the truth
Is inside this discourse--this booth is full of the marrow of wisdom.)

EZRA POUND

Venice, 20th October, 1966 . . .

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