Confucius to Cummings: An Anthology of Poetry

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New Directions Publishing, 1964 - Poetry - 353 pages
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Selected poems from the ancient Chinese, Greeks, and Romans to modern English and American works provide a cross-section of literary achievement.
  

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Contents

CONFUCIUS c 551479 B c
3
SAPPHO 630552 B C
18
LUCRETIUS c 9955 B C
32
CATULLUS P8454? B C
33
RUTILIUS fl 416 A D
66
RIHAKU LI PO c 700762
72
THE OLD CAPTIVE ?1130 fl
79
BERTRANS DE BORN c 11401214
80
ANONYMOUS c 1600
142
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 15641616
148
JOHN DAVIES 15691626
172
ROBERT BURNS 17591796
197
FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS 17931835
210
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 18071892
218
HERMAN MELVILLE 18191891
256
DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI 18281882
271

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI 11821226
86
DANTE ALIGHIERI 12651321
96
ANONYMOUS c 1300
100
CHARLES DORLfcANS 13911465
108
ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE 18371909
115
LORENZO DE MEDICI THE MAGNIFICENT 14491492
118
14911547
122
JOACHIM DU BELLAY ?15221560
128
A W fl 1585
136
FRANCIS BRET HARTE 18361902
274
THOMAS HARDY 18401928
283
FORD MADOX FORD 18731939
290
PADRAIC COLUM 18811972
305
WYNDHAM LEWIS 18831957
306
Postscript by Ezra Pound
321
Questions for Classroom Use by Ezra Pound
335
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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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