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Ezra Pound: life and poetry,
This review is from: Ezra Pound: Poet: The Young Genius 1885-1920 v. 1 (Hardcover)
Moody has written a superb critical biography. He writes in his preface that Pound was in his own way a hero of his culture, a genuine representative of both its more enlightened impulses and its self-destructive contradictions. With excellent historical and critical detail Moody reveals, in this first volume of a two-volume work, how the young pound developed into that complex and disruptive genius.
Ezra Pound:Poet combines detailed narrative of Pound's early years with sensitive, nuanced and insightful readings of the poems up to 1920. The commentary is based mainly on primary material whilst also drawing on wide-ranging secondary sources. The extensive notes reveal a tour de force of academic research in the Pound archives.
Moody's clarity of style makes this biography accessible to a wide readership. The book gives us a life of both human comedy and tragic resonance and provides an illuminating account of the poet's career as a radical writer and economic thinker. It offers an impressive and concise analysis of deeply challenging poetic work and a history of literary modernism.
Ezra Pound: Poet is a fascinating account of Pound's life and evolution as a poet and is now and for the future the definitive study in Poundian commentary and criticis.