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By Ezra Pound

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

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Germans claim that German poetry has developed since the middle ages. My own belief is that Goethe and Stefan George at their lyric best are doing nothing that hadn't already been done better or as well. Burehardt's best verse to-day is in his translations of the Vita Nuova. During seven centuries a lot of subject matter of no great present interest has been stuffed into German verse that is not very skilful. I can see no reason why a foreign writer should study it. I see every reason for studying Provent;al verse (a little of it, say thirty or fifty poems) from Guillaume de Poictiers, 55 Bertrand de Born and Sordello.

But ] cannot omit it. People occasionally develop almost a fanaticism in com· bating the ideas • fixed' in a aingle language. These ar4 34 generally speaking 'the prejudices of the nation' (any nation). DifFerent climates and difFerent bloods have difFerent needs, difFerent spontaneities, difFerent reluctances, difFer· ent ratios between different groups of impulse and unwillingness, different constructions of throat, and all these leave trace in the language, and leave it more ready and more unready for certain communications and registra· tions.

Chapman is something different. See my notes on the Elizabethan translators. You can get Ovid, or rather Ovid's stories in Golding's Metamorphoses, which is the most beautiful book in the language (my opinion and I suspect it was Shakespeare's). Marlowe translated the Amores. And before that Gavin Douglas had made something of the Aeneids that I, at any rate, like better than Virgil's Latin. From Chaucer you can learn (1) whatever came over into the earliest English that. one can read without a die· tionary, but for which a glossary is needed; (2) and the specifically ENGLISH quality or component.

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