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Ezra Pound: A Collection of Critical Essays
Ezra Pound A Collection of Critical Essays Author:Ed. by Walter Sutton EZRA POUND — THE TWENTIETH CENTURY VIEWS SERIES — edited by WALTER SUTTON — Reflecting the fresh surge of interest in Ezra Pound since World War II, this volume redefines a career unique in letters. The anthology does not, however, reopen the Pound "case.'" Its purpose, achieved with objectivity and distinction, is to illuminate in critical retrosp... more »ect a talent that marks a turning point in twentieth century poetry and criticism.
In his ceaseless quest for adequate self-expression, Pound developed a modern verse technique that reconciled tradition and the individual talent by adapting the conventions of past literatures to the needs of the present.
Through critical precept and poetic example he labored to free verse from the shackles of pedantry and convention and to renew and reinvigorate its musical values.
Although variously attacked as a charlatan, crackbrain, or propagandist, and defended as a "pure" poet or modern master in the epic tradition, Pound retains stature as a poet of vision and as a decisive influence on other mortals of twentieth century poetry.
These essays trace Pound's work from his Imagist period, with its compound of Provencial and Japanese influences; through his translations from many languages to the transitional Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, that aesthetic mirror of a cultured mind; and finally to The Cantos, the complex major poem considered by some the great epic of our time, and ever a lively arena for critical dueling.
Notable contributions to the volume embrace a wide range of opinion representing fellow poets like Yeats, William Carlos Williams, and T. S. Eliot, and critics like F. R. Leavis and Hugh Kenner.
Also included are such essays as:
Ezra Pound as Prison Poet-David W. Evans
The Revolt of Ezra Pound-W. M. Frohock
Pound, Haiku, and the Image-Earl
Ezra Pound and Music-Murray Schafer
Pound, Whitman, and the American
Epic-Roy Harvey Pearce
The Editor: WALTER SUTTON is Professor of English at Syracuse University. Co-editor of Modern Criticism: Theory and Practice, he is the author of The Western Book Trade, Modern American Criticism, and articles on American literature, modern poetry, and literary criticism.« less