Spanish Gardens, Ezra Pound, Modern Poetry, and Antisemitism
Great essay. I find that Pound's influence just keeps cropping up everywhere. I think his poetry still merits reading and I enjoy it. Perhaps it's because I share his interest in Chinese poetry. Thank you for making me reflect on his work again.
I'll have a second go at Pound. I had heard of who he was by 1976 (at 9) but I have not read his Cantos tell a decade later. I to do not think that it is powerful ways as deeply as Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Comedia, Paradise Lost, or Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. But I think that it is a contender for the second tier of at the poems that has Henriade in it.
One thing that is here is that he finally admitted his distaste and hatred for the entire group of human beings who have done more on average for credit of the human race them all but a few others. And it shows in ways in his work that are deep and profound, if a flaw can be so described, on the other hand he was both a midwife to modernism, and a contributor to it. (με/δε) This shaped modernist because both the unparalleled heights and excessive failings of movement are writ large in both his writing and his activities.
Personally, I find both TS and HD better poets, though TS is marred in the same way as Pound, but there is something that needs to be said for the immediacy with which he reports on the Avant Garde of modernism, similarly with Bartok, Schoenburg, Stravinsky, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Einstein, a myriad of others who shaped the movement in profound ways.
I've come to realise that it's time I studied, really studied poetry. I want to take a poetry class (a set of classes). I don't suppose you do this, teach an online course, do you? Or can you recommend, point me in a direction, give me a heading? The gaps in my knowledge are so vast.
A good read on the early Modernist.