Personae: The Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound

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New Directions Publishing, 1990 - Drama - 304 pages
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If the invention of literary modernism is usually attributed to James Joyce, T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, it was Pound alone who provided (in Hugh Kenner's words) "the synergetic presence") to convert individual experiment into an international movement. In 1926 Pound carefully sculpted his body of shorter poems into a definitive collection which would best show the concentration of force, the economy of means, and the habit of analysis that were, to him, the hallmarks of the new style.This collection, where Pound presented himself in a variety of characters or "masks," was called Personae. In 1926, Personae's publication gave solidity to a movement today the work stands as one of the classic texts of the twentieth century. Pound scholars Lea Baechler (of Columbia) and A. Walton Litz (Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton) have prepared a corrected text and supplied an informative "Note on the Text" explaining both Pound's original criteria for his selection and the volume's subsequent history.
 

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Review: PersonŠ: The Shorter Poems

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Apart from the exhausting Antiquity-gauntlet which is "Homage to Sextus Propertius," everything here is golden. Would love to delve into the Cantos soon. Read full review

Review: PersonŠ: The Shorter Poems

User Review  - Peter Crofts - Goodreads

Reading Pound's early poetry gives no clue that he will become one of the leading lights of the first generation of modernist poets. "In Durance" is by far one of my favorite poems of the last century ... Read full review

Contents

The Tree
3
DeEgypto
17
Piere Vidal Old
28
Satiemus
41
Silet
55
Portrait dune Femme
57
The Alchemist
70
Tenzone
83
Dans un Omnibus de Londres
156
Langue dOc
169
Cantico del Sole
182
E P Ode Pour LElection De Son Sepulchre
185
Homage to Sextus Propertius 1917
203
Cantus Planus
225
Leave Casella
234
Anothers a halfcracked fellowJohn Heydon
241

Ite
96
Amities
102
Image from DOrleans
115
Women Before a Shop
118
Song of the Bowmen of Shu
131
SouthFolk in Cold Country
143
UNCOLLECTED POEMS 19121917
247
War Verse 1914
253
THE COMPLETE POETICAL
265
INDEX OF TITLES AND FIRST LINES
277
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About the author (1990)

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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