Guide to Kulchur (Google eBook)

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New Directions Publishing, 1938 - Literary Collections - 379 pages
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Pound, Guide to Kulchur. an iconoclastic revision of culture.
  

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User Review  - Justin Evans - Goodreads

Much of Pound's prose should be considered indispensable if you want to become a decent person. 'An ABC of Reading,' and the essays gathered in 'Literary Essays of Ezra Pound' are brilliant, and some ... Read full review

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I'm slowly making my way through this'r. But it's awesome. Read full review

Contents

Section I
15
PART ONE
23
SPARTA 776 R C
44
ZWECKortheAIM
51
Section II
63
PART ONE
73
TRADITION
79
Section III
87
ON ARRIVING AND NOT ARRIVING
209
PRAISE SONG OF THE BUCKHARE
211
TIMELAG
214
THE CULTURE OF AN AGE is what you can pick up andor get in touch with by talk with the most intelligent men of the period?
217
Section IX
219
NEOPLATONICKS ETC
222
LOSSES
227
RISKS
232

MONUMENTAL
96
Section V
105
SOPHISTS
115
PART ONE
127
PART TWO
133
TEXTBOOKS
141
PART TWO
151
EXAMPLES OF CIVILIZATION
159
ON ANSWERING CRITICS
169
Section VII
177
Section VIII
183
THE PROOF OF THE PUDDING
188
CANTI
194
THE NOVEL AND SO FORTH
200
PRECEDENTS
207
PART TWO
233
TONE
235
Section X
241
THE RECURRING DECIMAL
249
DECLINE OF THE ADAMSES
254
ROYALTY AND ALL THAT
257
KUNG
272
CHAUCER WAS FRAMED?
280
THE PROMISED LAND
290
Section XII
299
PERGAMENA DEEST
342
1952
351
INDEX
371
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About the author (1938)

With T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound was one of the two main influences on British and U.S. poetry between the two world wars. The collection of his Letters, 1907--1941 revealed the great erudition of this most controversial expatriate poet. Born in Idaho in 1885, Pound graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and went abroad to live in 1908. His first book, A Lume Spento, a small collection of poems, was published in Venice in 1908. With the publication of Personae in London in 1909, he became the leader of the imagists abroad. Pound's writings have been subject to many foreign influences. First he imitated the troubadours; then he came under the influence of the Chinese and Japanese poets. The Cantos (1925--60), his major work, to which he added for many years, is a mixture of modern colloquial language and classical quotation. The Pisan Cantos (1948), written during his imprisonment in Italy, is more autobiographical. Pound's prose, as well as his poetry, has been extremely influential. The Spirit of Romance (1910) is a revision of his studies of little-known romance writers. ABC of Reading (1934) is an exposition of his critical method. His critical writings include Literary Essays of Ezra Pound (1954), Instigations (1920), and Guide to Kulchur (1938). Pound was a linguist, whom Eliot called "the inventor of Chinese poetry for our time." His greatest translating achievements from Japanese, Chinese, Anglo-Saxon, Italian, Provencal, and French are collected in The Translations of Ezra Pound (1933). Among his other writings are Make It New: Essays; Jefferson and/or Mussolini, a discussion of American democracy and capitalism and fascism; and The Classic Noh Theatre of Japan, with Ernest Fenollosa. Living in Italy, Pound felt that some of the practices of Mussolini were in accord with the doctrines of social credit, in which he had become interested in the 1920s and 1930s. He espoused some of the general applications of fascism and also was a strong advocate of anti-Semitism. During World War II, he broadcast a pro-Fascist series of programs addressed to the Allied troops on Italian radio. Indicted for treason and brought to the United States to stand trial in 1946, he was judged mentally incompetent to prepare a defense and was committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. in what is now considered less of a reflection on his sanity than on his politics. After a concerted appeal to the federal government by American poets, led by Robert Frost, Pound was at last released in 1958 and returned to Italy. Critics have recently begun to face squarely the connections between his fascism and his poetry; facts of his life and work continue to arouse mixed feelings. 030

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