The Spirit of Romance

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New Directions Publishing, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 248 pages
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Written in 1910 when Pound was only 25 years old, and later revised by the author, this critical work has long stood as an important stage in the development of Pound's poetics, and a dramatic revaluation of Europe's literary tradition. Pound surveys the course of literature from the fall of the Roman Empire through the dawn of the Renaissance, paying special attention to the Proven al poets and to Dante. Now with an introduction by Richard Sieburth, this work illuminates a great period in European literature and one of America's greatest poetic minds.
 

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INTRODUCTION
v
PRAEFATIO AD LECTOREM ELECTUM 1910
xi
POSTSCRIPT 1929
6
POSTPOSTSCRIPT
7
THE PHANTOM DAWN
9
IL MIGLIOR FABBRO
20
PROENCA
37
GESTE AND ROMANCE
62
PSYCHOLOGY AND TROUBADOURS
85
LINGUA TOSCANA
99
DANTE
116
MONTCORBIBR alias VILLON
164
THE QUALITY OF LOPE DE VEGA
177
CAMOENS
212
POBTI LATINI
221
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Page xi - THIS book is not a philological work. Only by courtesy can it be said to be a study in comparative literature. I am interested in poetry. I have attempted to examine certain forces, elements or qualities which were potent in the mediaeval literature of the Latin tongues, and are, as I believe, still potent in our own.

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Richard Sieburth has edited Ezra Pound's Poems & Translations, New Selected Poems and Translations, The Pisan Cantos and A Walking Tour in Southern France.

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