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This is a pretty solid book from a time when this sort of writing was still in its infancy. Sure, many of Pound's judgments were just plain silly (Arnaut Daniel as one of the best poets or the idea that you need to learn a bunch of fancy languages to really understand art), but they were also the first judgments be made with at least some semblance of reason. Overall I'd recommend the book more as a solid historical piece than a means of truly learning about literature. I'd also recommend his "Spirit of romance" for the same reasons. 

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