The Pisan Cantos [E–book/E–pub]

The Pisan Cantos

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Has a exasperating book of poetry ever been written Unlike the Pound in his earlier Cantos Ez gets his head out of his political ass most probably because Ben and la Clara have hung "Ezra s political calculation proven to be as astute as his nostalgic craving for state financing "s political calculation have proven to be as astute as his nostalgic craving for state financing we all may be id of usury hey the Athenian state financed the building of the fleetPound brilliance and years of study do not and will never adhere The tragedy is not in the peasant s bent shoulders but in Pound s own If the naval battle of Salamis seems a far fetched connection to usury and Mussolini perhaps less than On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski relevant well it s no surpriseBut the beauty of this book is in watching the grand battle between Pound s political and philosophical obsessions the shades of the dead moving among his many memories and finally most importantly the wondrous way the moment intrudes in his writing Where I lie let the thymeise and basilicum let the herbs ise in April abundant 82 106 08Thank the gods for his enlightened moments when he brings us back "To Earth And Most Importantly " earth and most importantly The first several books of the Pisan Cantos are of less interest to me because Pound still hasn t gotten out of his head Then in Canto 80 we get the first inklings when the tubercular shade of Aubrey Beardsley tells Yeats that beauty is difficultThe Canto builds to his brilliant mea culpa What though lovest well emains the est is dross 81 134 35 And so in turn in the next section of the poem vanity is pulled down Here error is in the not done all in the diffidence that faltered 81 173 74I have to get to work but the last two Cantos 83 84 have some spectacular moments Pound is idiosyncratic annoying and obtuse Sometimes he is insane Other times he s a madman aving at the injustices of the world which is. Ezra Pound's The Pisan Cantos was written in 1945 while the poet was being held in an American military detention center near Pisa Italy as a St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves result of his pro Fascist wartime broadcasts to America on Radio Rome Imprisoned for some weeks in a wire cage open to the elements Pound suffered a nervous collapse from the physical and emotional strain Out of the agony of his own inferno came the eleven cantos that became the sixth book of hi. Not the same If you want toead something modern that carries on Pound s tradition in a beautiful yet sensible way ead Pictures from Brueghel by the wonderful William Carlos William But if you are dedicated to the chase you ignore Pound at your peril Perhaps the most insightful view of the malaise which overtook the world in the first half of the 20th century Pound s attempt to like I wanted to simultaneously ate this book 1 star and 5 stars Though the poem is at its heart a narrative about deep personal crisis it Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher reuires too much from itseader On both the biographical and allusionistic not a word whatever planes the poem is incredibly obliue If you e willing to give up the time or in my case are forced to for class credit I think the poem can be incredibly ewarding Struggling with Pound s audience his anti semitism his language of crisis etc was enlightening But in the end Pound s goals for poetry are uite different than my own I can appreciate this poem but I will never like it Would like to give two extra stars if possible for Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, reading Sam Schild s used copy which is filled with good notes and has many of the ideograms filled out toesemble funny faces in hats I Not Going am not going this book because I feel unualified to give it a ating not because it is a classic but because I feel that my opinion of it as an experience and as a poem are not closely tied and the second largely unformedAs a eading experience The Pisan Cantos were on the whole extremely difficult and ather unpleasant I found the Notes section of this edition to be necessary and frustrating The poem has a note "Every Few Lines Or So For The Entire Span Of "few lines or so for the entire span of cantos necessary if I am supposed to understand the large uantities of Greek Latin Chinese Italian and Spanish off the top of my head altho. S modernist epic The Cantos themselves conceived as a Divine Comedy for our time The Pisan Cantos were published in 1948 by New Directions and in the following year were awarded the Bollingen Prize for poetry by the Library of Congress The honor came amid violent controversy for the dark cloud of treason still hung over Pound incarcerated in St Elizabeths Hospital for the Criminally Insane Yet there is no doubt that The Pisan Cantos Ugh I do speak Spanish so that wasn t a problem for "me personally scattered throughout the poem These notes were not flagged in "personally scattered throughout the poem These notes were not flagged in poem so I missed them for the first 600 lines or so and had to be looking back and forth constantly to make sure I didn t miss one Instead Of Receiving An of eceiving an in the poem that here would be a good place to go to the notes which would have interrupted my eading experience much less Further I have discovered that endnotes are a Blessed Are the Wicked remarkably unfriendly formatting decision when the notes are this numerous and important They could have been footnotes or in the margins or in a separate companion volume and been infinitely easier to use than flipping back and forth between the poem and the notes constantly Withegards to eading the poem itself The Pisan Cantos had some bits that I eally liked but I mostly found it unpleasantly disorienting unlike the pleasant disorientation of Trilogy The Walls Do Not Fall Tribute to the Angels The Flowering of the Rod or The Waste Land and found the fascist undertones or maybe overtones to be disconcerting as wellThe eason I am withholding judgement on the poem as a ead is that I think that eading it with someone either in a class or a book club or just a eading partner so that I could talk about various elements of the poem as we went and possibly benefit from other people having a separate perspective on the piece would improve my Reform, Red Scare, and Ruin reading experience than average If I could have talked about why Canto 75 contains a piece of sheet music or discussed how Pound s autobiographical turn might shape theeferences to myth and to literature even possibly just having someone in the Grauwacht room familiar with some of the cited work that I don t know would have allowed me to get much out of Pound s sideways and pointed poem. Isplays some of his finest and most affecting writing marking an elegaic turn to the personal while synthesizing the philosophical and economic political themes of his previous cantos They are now being published for the first time as a separate paperback in a fully annotated edition prepared by Richard Sieburth who also contributes a thoroughgoing introduction making Pound's master work fully accessible to students and generaleader.