Item description for Ezra Pound: Poems and Translations (Library of America) by Ezra Pound, Richard Sieburth, Anton K. Jacobs, Mathew J. Kanjirathinkal, Horst J. Helle, M. H. Offord, Eric Kingson & Kevin Nowlan...
Overview A collected edition of the modernist writer's works includes previously out-of-print pieces and demonstrates his contributions to the Imagist and Vorticist movements, in a volume that includes "Hilda's Book" and "Lustra."
Publishers Description Poetic visionary Ezra Pound catalyzed American literature's modernist revolution. From the swirling center of poetic change he excited the powerful energies of Eliot, Joyce, and William Carlos Williams and championed the Imagism and Vorticism movements. This volume, the most comprehensive collection of his poetry and translations ever assembled, gathers all his verse except The Cantos. In addition to the famous poems that transformed modern literature, it features dozens of rare and out-of-print pieces, such as the handmade first collection Hilda's Book (1905-1907), late translations of Horace, rare sheet music translations, and works from a 1917 "lost" manuscript.
Pound's influential Cathay (1915), Lustra (1917), and Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920)-as surely as his later masterly Confucian odes and Sophoclean dramas-followed the poet's own directive to "make it new," opening fresh formal pathways into ancient traditions. Through these works and others representing more than 30 different volumes and dozens of pieces that Pound never collected, Poems and Translations reveals the breadth of his daring invention and resonant music: lyrics echoing the Troubadors and Browning, chiseled 1920s free verse, and dazzling translations that led Eliot to call Pound "the inventor of Chinese poetry for our time."
An extensive chronology offers guidance to Pound's tumultuous life. Detailed endnotes of unprecedented range and depth clarify Pound's fascinatingly recondite allusions.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 8" Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2003
Publisher Library of America
ISBN 1931082413 ISBN13 9781931082419
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More About Ezra Pound, Richard Sieburth, Anton K. Jacobs, Mathew J. Kanjirathinkal, Horst J. Helle, M. H. Offord, Eric Kingson & Kevin Nowlan
New Directions has been the primary publisher of Ezra Pound in the U.S. since the founding of the press when James Laughlin published New Directions in Prose and Poetry 1936. That year Pound was fifty-one. In Laughlin's first letter to Pound, he wrote: "Expect, please, no fireworks. I am bourgeois-born (Pittsburgh); have never missed a meal. . . . But full of 'noble caring' for something as inconceivable as the future of decent letters in the US." Little did Pound know that into the twenty-first century the fireworks would keep exploding as readers continue to find his books relevant and meaningful.
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Great collection Jun 13, 2008
Great collection in a wonderful long lasting binding from a non profit group that want's to preserve American Liturature. How can you go wrong.
If you are a Pound fan or just curious, this will be an important well read book in your library.
my how the mighty have fallen, but to what benefit? Dec 6, 2006
Not long ago English Departments were busy with dissertation after dissertation on Ezra Pound. At the time, many complained of a Pound Factory or Pound Industry. Yet today, there is not one this site review of this important collection of modern poetry. We all know the charges against Pound, anti-American, Anti-Semite, etc... and there can and should be no justification for any of the truly ugly things that he said and believed. If I am not mistaken, though, Richard Wagner is once again being played without challenge. I suspect that it has to do with the unfortunate fact that he produced works of amazing genius. Though I am no fan of Wagner or his music and despise his and Pound's racism, I do feel it necessary to acknowlege his place within the realm of modern/romantic music and/or the history of opera. Pound was, though we may not like the fact, a poet of genius who mentored Joyce, Eliot, Hemingway, Frost, Lowell, and yes even Yeats. He is an important bridge from modernism back to the Edwardian and Victorian poets. We ignore him and his works of genius at our own loss. The Library of America edition has brought together many individual works of Pound from the Personna to his verse translations from the Chinese (in a manner of speaking). They have provided a significant service to Arts and Letters in this country by filling in this gape in their catalogue. This work contains all of Pound's poetry excluding the Cantos. Dig in deep, open this work anywhere and discover Pound afresh. You will see why A.S. Byatt considered using Pound's verse for her masterful, Possessions. As he said of Eliot, "Read him."