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Ezra Pound: Nature and Myth

Edited by William Pratt

LC 2002025572
ISBN-10: 0-404-61593-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-404-61593-2

AMS Studies in Modern Literature, No. 23

“For Pound, throughout his long and prolific career, it was necessary to believe in the reality of both nature and myth in order to write poetry at all,” Hugh Kenner writes in his introduction to this volume. “All of these essays show the variety of Poundian observation and vision, stretching the mind of the reader to follow the poet in his odyssey.”

In addition to nine essays by leading Pound scholars, the poet himself is represented by an article hitherto unpublished in book form—“The European Paideuma,” written in 1939 on the eve of world war. The mythic thread that unites these essays offers an illuminating guide through the labyrinth of Pound’s genius.


Hugh Kenner, Preface
William Pratt, Introduction
Ezra Pound, “European Paideuma” with Afterword and Notes by Massimo Bacigalupo
Anne Conover Carson, “Her Name Was Courage: Olga Rudge, Pound’s Muse and the ‘Circe/Aphrodite’ of The Cantos
Massimo Pesaresi, “Ezra Pound, a Poet from Hellas: The Dionysian Persona”
Alan Peacock, “Pound, Catullus, and Imagism”
Philip Grover, “Ezra Pound, Eleanor d’Aquitaine and Her Troubadours”
Peter Makin, “Myth and Hagoromo
Michael Faherty, “The Myth of the Mad Celtic King: Another Voice in the Pisan Cantos?”
William Pratt, “Pound’s Hells, Real and Imaginary”
Peter Nicholls, “Against Nature: Time and Artifice in Pound’s Early Work”
Richard Caddel, “Secretaries of Nature: Towards a Theory of Modernist Ecology”


Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Ezra Pound, Nature and Myth / edited by William Pratt
  With a Preface by Hugh Kenner.
     p. cm. — (AMS Studies in Modern Literature ; no. 23)
     Includes bibliographical references and index.
     ISBN 0-404-61593-7 (alk. paper)
     1. Pound, Ezra, 1885–1972—Criticism and interpretation.
     2. Nature in Literature.
     3. Myth in Literature.
     I.  Pratt, William, 1927–.
     II. Series.
PS3531.O82 Z62176 2002
811'.52—dc21                                                       2002025572