New York: New Directions, 1948. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo, black cloth with silver lettering on spine, frontispiece B&W glossy photo of Pound, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) depicting the famous profile sketch of Pound by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, [i-ii, iii-iv: frontispiece portrait, vi], [1-2], 3-118 pages. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #2538
OVERALL in NEAR FINE CONDITION: tight, internally bright and clean with most of the fragile dust jacket present including the famous study of Pound by Henri GAUDIERr-BRZESKA. Slight consistent age-toning to the jacket as is characteristic
The Cantos by Ezra Pound is a long, incomplete poem in 120 sections, each of which is a canto. Most of it was written between 1915 and 1962, although much of the early work was abandoned and the early cantos, as finally published, date from 1922 onwards. In his introduction to the Literary Essays of Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot affirmed that Pound was more responsible for the twentieth-century revolution in poetry than any other individual.
The most striking feature of the text, to a casual reader, may be the inclusion of Chinese characters--with a strong emphasis on Confucius--as well as contrastive quotations in European languages other than English, plus allusions to an enormous range of topics (including quotations from several American presidents!).
Pound initially believed that he possessed poetic and rhetorical techniques which would themselves generate significance, but as time passed he became more concerned with the messages he wished to convey.
Initially swept up by the grandiose ideals Mussolini touted, Pound became infatuated with Fascism, to which he added Anti-Semitism. Later in life, however, he admitted to Alan Ginsberg and other poets that: "my worst mistake was the stupid suburban anti-Semitic prejudice, all along that spoiled everything ... I found after seventy years that I was not a lunatic but a moron ... I should have been able to do better."
Despite the poet's faults, The Cantos remains a major poetic influence with many literary and cultural challenges to occupy critics and admirers alike.--Wikipedia
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