Download PDF by Ezra Pound: ABC of Reading

By Ezra Pound

ISBN-10: 0571058922

ISBN-13: 9780571058921

This significant paintings, first released in 1934, is a concise assertion of Pound’s aesthetic concept. it's a primer for the reader who desires to preserve an energetic, serious brain and develop into more and more delicate to the sweetness and notion of the world’s most sensible literature. With attribute power and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with indicates meticulously selected from the classics, and the concluding “Treatise on Meter” offers an illuminating essay for an individual intending to learn and write poetry. ABC of studying screens Pound’s nice skill to open new avenues in literature for our time.

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If the student can't measure Shakespeare against Dante, the next alternative is possibly to measure his language against the prose manifestation of Voltaire, Stendhal, Flaubert, or of Fielding-if you cannot read French. You can't judge any chemical's action merely by putting it with more of itself. To know it, you have got to know its limits, both what it is and what it is not. What substances are harder or softer, what more resilient, what more com• pact. You can't measure it merely by itself diluted with some neutral substance.

Taken as READING MATTER, I do NOT believe that the Greek dramatists are up to Homer. Even Aeschylus is rhetorical. , are not necessary to our understanding of the subject. SAPPHO I HAVE put the great name on the list, because of antiquity and because there is really so little left that one may as well read it as omit it. Having read it, you will he told there is nothing better. I know of no better ode than the POIKILOTHRON. So far as I know, Catullus is the only man who has ever mastered the lady's metre.

2 MY list of mediaeval poems is perhaps harder to justify. I once got a man to start translating the Seafarer into Chinese. It came out almost directly into Chinese verse, with two solid ideograms in each half-line. Apart from the Seafarer I know no other European poems of the period that you can hang up with the 'Exile's Letter' of Li Po, displaying the West on a par with the Orient, 51 There are passages of Anglo-Saxon as good as paragraphs ofthe Seafarer, hut I have not found any whole poem ofthe same value.

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