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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 d. I wanted to simultaneously rate this book 1 star and 5 stars Though the poem is at its heart a narrative about deep personal crisis it reuires too much from its reader On both the biographical and allusionistic not a word whatever planes the poem is incredibly obliue If you re willing to give up the time or in my case are forced to for class credit I think the poem can be incredibly rewarding 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

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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 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. The 5 stars is for the meticulous and informed edition including detailed notes and commentary As to the content I find poetry difficult and often tedious and this text was particularly difficult I can t say I understood much of it Obviously it reuires far time and effort than I have at present

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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 general reader. I am not going to rate this book because I feel unualified to give it a rating 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 reading experience The Pisan Cantos were on the whole extremely difficult and rather 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 10 cantos necessary if I am supposed to understand the large uantities of Greek Latin Chinese Italian and Spanish off the top of my head although I do speak Spanish so that wasn t a problem for me personally scattered throughout the poem These notes were not flagged in the 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 indication in the poem that here would be a good place to go to the notes which would have interrupted my reading experience much less Further I have discovered that endnotes are a 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 With regards to reading the poem itself The Pisan Cantos had some bits that I really 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 reason I am withholding judgement on the poem as a read is that I think that reading it with someone either in a class or a book club or just a reading 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 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 the references to myth and to literature even possibly just having someone in the 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


10 thoughts on “The Pisan Cantos

  1. says:

    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 been hung Ezra's political calculation have proven to be as astute as his nostalgic craving for state financing so we all may be rid of usury hey the Atheni

  2. says:

    The 5 stars is for the meticulous and informed edition including detailed notes and commentary As to the content I find poetry difficult and often tedious and this text was particularly difficult I can't say I understood much of it Obviously it reuires far time and effort than I have at present

  3. says:

    Perhaps the most insightful view of the malaise which overtook the world in the first half of the 20th century Pound's attempt to liken Europe after WWI and during WWII as a hell like Dante's Inferno creates an intensity and a viewpoint which has not been matched in the last 60 years

  4. says:

    The only reason I decided to dock a star from this book is because of how bloody difficult it wasPound continues to both fascinate and frustrate me However when he is good he is really on the money The Pisan Cantos is probably the most well kn

  5. says:

    I wanted to simultaneously rate this book 1 star and 5 stars Though the poem is at its heart a narrative about deep personal crisis it reuires too much from its reader On both the biographical and allusionistic no

  6. says:

    'yet say this to the Possum a bang not a whimper with a bang not with a whimper To build the city of Dioce whose terraces are the colour of stars' I have tried to write ParadiseDo not moveLet the wind speakthat is paradise

  7. says:

    Would like to give two extra stars if possible for reading Sam Schild's used copy which is filled with good notes and has many of the ideograms filled out to resemble funny faces in hats

  8. says:

    ATTN Lieutenant Colonel John L Steele7103rd Disciplinary Training CompanyUnited States Army Metato ItalyJune 15 1945Re Ezra Weston Loomis Pound After a thorough examination of Ezra Weston Loomis Pound’s mental state it is my professional opinion that while the patient displays “no paranoia delusions nor hallucinations” and there is “no evidence of psychosis neurosis or psychopathy” his “prolonged

  9. says:

    I am not going to rate this book because I feel unualified to give it a rating 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 reading experience The Pisan Cantos were on the whole extremely difficult and rather unpleasant

  10. says:

    O lynx to review the words of a madmanEven one who is brilliant?αδύνατο

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