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Isplays some of his finest and most affecting writing marking an elegaic turn to the personal while synthesizing the philosophical and economic political themes of his previous cantos They are now being published for the first time as a separate paperback in a fully annotated edition prepared by Richard Sieburth who also contributes a thoroughgoing introduction making Pound's master work fully accessible to students and general reader. Would like to give two extra stars if possible for reading Sam Schild s used copy which is filled with good notes and has many of the ideograms filled out to resemble funny faces in hats

CHARACTERS The Pisan Cantos

The Pisan Cantos

S modernist epic The Cantos themselves conceived as a Divine Comedy for our time The Pisan Cantos were published in 1948 by New Directions and in the following year were awarded the Bollingen Prize for poetry by the Library of Congress The honor came amid violent controversy for the dark cloud of treason still hung over Pound incarcerated in St Elizabeths Hospital for the Criminally Insane Yet there is no doubt that The Pisan Cantos d. I wanted to simultaneously rate this book 1 star and 5 stars Though the poem is at its heart a narrative about deep personal crisis it reuires too much from its reader On both the biographical and allusionistic not a word whatever planes the poem is incredibly obliue If you re willing to give up the time or in my case are forced to for class credit I think the poem can be incredibly rewarding Struggling with Pound s audience his anti semitism his language of crisis etc was enlightening But in the end Pound s goals for poetry are uite different than my own I can appreciate this poem but I will never like it

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Ezra Pound's The Pisan Cantos was written in 1945 while the poet was being held in an American military detention center near Pisa Italy as a result of his pro Fascist wartime broadcasts to America on Radio Rome Imprisoned for some weeks in a wire cage open to the elements Pound suffered a nervous collapse from the physical and emotional strain Out of the agony of his own inferno came the eleven cantos that became the sixth book of hi. Has a exasperating book of poetry ever been written Unlike the Pound in his earlier Cantos Ez gets his head out of his political ass most probably because Ben and la Clara have been hung Ezra s political calculation have proven to be as astute as his nostalgic craving for state financing so we all may be rid of usury hey the Athenian state financed the building of the fleetPound brilliance and years of study do not and will never adhere The tragedy is not in the peasant s bent shoulders but in Pound s own If the naval battle of Salamis seems a far fetched connection to usury and Mussolini perhaps less than relevant well it s no surpriseBut the beauty of this book is in watching the grand battle between Pound s political and philosophical obsessions the shades of the dead moving among his many memories and finally most importantly the wondrous way the moment intrudes in his writing Where I lie let the thyme rise and basilicum let the herbs rise in April abundant 82 106 08Thank the gods for his enlightened moments when he brings us back to earth and most importantly compassion The first several books of the Pisan Cantos are of less interest to me because Pound still hasn t gotten out of his head Then in Canto 80 we get the first inklings when the tubercular shade of Aubrey Beardsley tells Yeats that beauty is difficultThe Canto builds to his brilliant mea culpa What though lovest well remains the rest is dross 81 134 35 And so in turn in the next section of the poem vanity is pulled down Here error is in the not done all in the diffidence that faltered 81 173 74I have to get to work but the last two Cantos 83 84 have some spectacular moments Pound is idiosyncratic annoying and obtuse Sometimes he is insane Other times he s a madman raving at the injustices of the world which is not the same If you want to read something modern that carries on Pound s tradition in a beautiful yet sensible way read Pictures from Brueghel by the wonderful William Carlos William But if you are dedicated to the chase you ignore Pound at your peril


10 thoughts on “The Pisan Cantos

  1. says:

    Has a exasperating book of poetry ever been written? Unlike the Pound in his earlier Cantos Ez gets his head out of his political ass most probably because Ben and la Clara have been hung Ezra's political calculation have proven to

  2. says:

    The 5 stars is for the meticulous and informed edition including detailed notes and commentary As to the content I find poetry difficult and often tedious and this text was particularly difficult I can't say I un

  3. says:

    Perhaps the most insightful view of the malaise which overtook the world in the first half of the 20th century Pound's attempt to liken Europe

  4. says:

    The only reason I decided to dock a star from this book is because of how bloody difficult it wasPound continues to both fascinate and frustrate

  5. says:

    I wanted to simultaneously rate this book 1 star and 5 stars Though the poem is at its heart a narrative about deep personal crisis it reuires too much from its reader On both the biographical and allusionistic not a word whatever planes the poem is incredibly obliue If you're willing to give up the time or in my case are forced to for class credit I think the poem can be incredibly rewarding Struggling with Pound's audience his anti sem

  6. says:

    'yet say this to the Possum a bang not a whimper with a bang not with a whimper To build the city of Dioce whose terraces are the colour of stars' I have tried to write ParadiseDo not moveLet the wind speakthat is paradiseLet the Gods forgive what Ihave madeLet those I love try to forgivewhat I have madeکوشیدم فر

  7. says:

    Would like to give two extra stars if possible for reading Sam Schild's used copy which is filled with good notes and has many of the ideograms filled out to resemble funny faces in hats

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  9. says:

    I am not going to rate this book because I feel unualified to give it a rating not because it is a classic but because I feel that my opinion of

  10. says:

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