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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Lea Baechler Editor. Walton Litz. If the invention of literary modernism is usually attributed to James Joyce, T. Eliot and Ezra Pound, it was Pound alone who provided in Hugh Kenner's words "the synergetic presence" to convert individual experiment into an international movement.
In Pound carefully sculpted his body of shorter poems into a definitive collection which would best show the concentr If the invention of literary modernism is usually attributed to James Joyce, T. In Pound carefully sculpted his body of shorter poems into a definitive collection which would best show the concentration of force, the economy of means, and the habit of analysis that were, to him, the hallmarks of the new style.
This collection, where Pound presented himself in a variety of characters or "masks," was called Personae. In , Personae 's publication gave solidity to a movement today the work stands as one of the classic texts of the twentieth century. Pound scholars Lea Baechler of Columbia and A. Walton Litz Holmes Professor of English Literature at Princeton have prepared a corrected text and supplied an informative "Note on the Text" explaining both Pound's original criteria for his selection and the volume's subsequent history.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 17th by New Directions first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Explain: be me as the eternal moods, of the bleak wind,and not.
As transient things are? Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 29, Eric rated it it was amazing. Why should we stop at all for what I think? There is enough in what I chance to say. It is enough that we once came together; What is the use of setting it to rime?
When it is autumn do we get spring weather, Or gather may of harsh northwindish time? It is enough that we once came together; What if the wind have turned against the rain?
It is enough that we once came together; Time has seen this, and will not turn agai "Silet" When I behold how black, immortal ink Drips from my deathless pen--ah, well-away! It is enough that we once came together; Time has seen this, and will not turn again; And who are we, who know that last intent, To plague to-morrow with a testament!
Mar 20, Lorena rated it liked it Shelves: british-american-lit. Certainly not a fan of poetry, but had to read something from Ezra Pound. It is pretty much annoying when I have to do research of words or expressions in order to understand few lines of poetry. Most of the poets have unique ways of conveying a message through their poems, and Pound is too complicated.
It is like reading poetry in a language you don't know and you have to either learn it research about it or not understand anything. I have a simpler taste in poetr Certainly not a fan of poetry, but had to read something from Ezra Pound.
I have a simpler taste in poetry, I just want to enjoy it and wander freely, without any barriers. Gave it 3 stars because I liked it in general and I recommend it to the ones that are great fans of poetry. As for me, I don't think will read any other Pound's work. Dec 27, Khashayar Mohammadi rated it it was ok Shelves: not-for-me , poetry , north-american-lit. I don't get Pound. For me a great poet is one who conveys complex emotions efficiently, with just enough subtlety to make one's mind wander.
But Pound seems to be the exact opposite. I refuse to applaud writers who speak their own language, leaving readers to do hours of research and analysis in order to appreciate ten lines of poetry; I utterly refuse to consider that talent.
View all 4 comments. Resolute and profound. I could read it over and over again. View 1 comment. Mar 23, B. Rinehart rated it really liked it Shelves: modernism-and-post-modernism-stuff , poetry-stuff , reading-in-a-time-of-corvid. As a timorous wench from a centaur or a centurion , Already they flee, howling in terror. Will they be touched with the verisimilitudes? Their virgin stupidity is untemptable. I beg you, my friendly critics, Do not set about to procure me an audience.
I mate with my free kind upon the crags; the hidden recesses Have heard the echo ofmy heels, in the cool light, in the darkness. A decade ago " Will people accept them? A decade ago, European High-Modernism made up a large part of the type of literature I read, but the s saw a great diversification of my reading choices. Still, I consider modernism as one of my "homes" or " patria " as a book-reader.
I was younger and more innocent in that way, but I felt that reading this type of literature with no pre-conceived notions built up my tolerance as a bibliophile now. Most folk complain about the difficulty and obscurity of Modernism, but I like the challenge and the experience of it. Others complain about the obscurity of the references and the formalism of it all, but that actually increased the curiosity for me. I don't worry about not getting some obscure refernce to a person or poem from Italian history, but I let the overall impression of the poem--as is--hit me.
I have already spoken my peace on Ezra Pound as a person in my review of Ezra Pound and African American Modernism , and I still stand behind my thoughts that if you had to only read one work by Ezra Pound or modernist literature in-abstract, then you read The Cantos of Ezra Pound. It is a compilation that was released as a look-back at Pound's Imagist-era. Imagism was a sub-section of modernism that Pound and H.
Imagism had three rules: 1. Direct treatment of the "thing", whether subjective or objective. To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation. As regarding rhythm: to compose in sequence of the musical phrase, not in sequence of the metronome. This includes Pound's most famous short poem In A Station of the Metro : " The apparition of these faces in the crowd; petals on a wet, black bough.
It is interesting, too, that while Pound could read Japanese, he could not read Mandarin Chinese. This meant that he had to read Chinese poetry translated into Japanese and he translated those into English this is why you'll find Pound having listed Li Bai under his Japanese name Rihaku though because of when this book was published, the editorial notes list Li Bai under his now obsolete Wade-Giles transliterated name Li Po instead of the now used Pinyin standard of Li Bai.
Despite the third-hand translation, I loved these poems and it is what helped fuel my interest in getting this book done. If I had known of the Cathay book earlier, I would have just gotten that book over this one. Despite the subtitle, this compilation contains a few longer poems. The most famous of these poems is his "farewell" to London Hugh Selwyn Mauberley.
It is a look-back at how he started as an up-and-coming poet freshly arrived in London from the United States. In the end, this is a look at Ezra Pound at his most "likeable" and idealistic.
It gets a lot wilder and darker from here. View all 3 comments. Nov 25, Scriptor Ignotus rated it really liked it Shelves: poetry. Pound's poetry is intricate, dense, lyrical, and passionate without being sentimental. He is not as emotionally evocative as some other poets, but I kind of like that about him.
Personæ: The Shorter Poems
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