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4.0 out of 5 stars Selected poems and translations by Ezra Pound, 3 Aug. 2013
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Ezra Pound's poetry was a seminal influence on my own love and understanding of poetry as a young woman - I came to him, as the 'miglior fabbro', via TS Eliot; later, when I found out about his anti-Semitism and his advocacy of Italian Fascism, I couldn't bear to read his work for several years. Now - without in the least forgiving or forgetting those politics - it must be possible to let him have his rightful place in the birth and growth of modernist literature. This Selected is a very welcome addition to my own small library, which has the full volume of Cantos, some early poems and a couple of books of essays. The Editor's introductory note is well-judged, insightful and informative; the concise chronology is very helpful; the extensive notes on individual poems are indispensable; and the appendix of short essays by TS Eliot and John Berryman an unexpected bonus. In terms of the poems selected for inclusion, I am particularly pleased to have Pound's translations of Sophokles, Catullus and Horace, to set alongside the 'versions' and homages with which we may be more familiar, of Propertius, of the Provencal and the Chinese. Inevitably in a Selected, what one is given is a series of tasters rather than the full banquet; but what comes through is the richness, roundness and surprise of the poetic, as it developed from exuberant experiment to mature melodic ellipsis. I think this book reveals just how much poets writing now owe, whether they know it or not, to Pound.
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