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Personae: The Shorter Poems (Revised Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ezra Pound , Lea Baechler , A. Walton Litz

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A new edition of Pound's groundbreaking shorter poems.


If the invention of literary modernism is usually attributed to James Joyce, T. S. 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 1926 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 1926, 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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 668 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 304 pages
  • Editeur : New Directions; Édition : Revised Edition (17 septembre 1990)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00CHH2G9C
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Excellent Collection 30 mars 2001
Par Carole - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I don't know what the other reviewer is talking about, but the book is arranged just fine. In fact, one would think that with the addition of the Note on the Text it would be irrefutably clear how it was arranged & selected, but I guess at least one guy didn't think so. The majority of the book is roughly chronological in the way Ezra Pound chose. The poems are broken into groups: Poems of 1908-1911, Poems from Ripostes (1912), Poems from Blast (1914), Poems of Lustra (1913-1915), Cathay (1915), Poems of Lustra (1915-1916), & Poems of 1917-1920. There are then Appendixes added, the first consisting of Three Cantos (1917); the second, uncollected poems from 1912-1917; & the third, The Complete Poetical Works of T. E. Hulme, which was originally an appendix to the book Ripostes. & then there's the Note on the Text explaining this layout. They removed the post-1926 work, as this shall appear in a future revision of Pavannes and Divagations, and they left out a few previously appendixed poems since they are already printed in The Translations or in Collected Early Poems. & then they added a few extra poems in appendix, the two recently-published war poems of 1914-1915, the original version of "In a Station of the Metro," & the prose poem "Ikon." & that's all of it, as is clear from the table of contents & note on the text. Now then, all that aside, these are absolutely brilliant poems. They contain stunning beauty, humor, originality, depth, & unbelievable intelligence & imagination. Pound completely changed what poetry was capable of, paving the way for countless innovators since with his inimitable driving voice. It would be a terrible shame if folks passed over this book just because one guy gave it less than its deserved five stars. The editors certainly didn't lie about anything - just because Pound wrote three cantos in 1917 that weren't part of the famous Cantos doesn't mean you've been swindled. (If fact, the conclusion to the third early canto later became, with some modification, Canto I.) So, hopefully this clarifies things, so that more people will have the chance to read these terrific poems. I'd also suggest, if you like this book, getting the readings that Pound made of "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley," "Moeurs Contemporaines," & some other poems. The tape is still in print, & Ezra Pound is one of the best readers around, up there with John Cage, William Burroughs, James Joyce ... Enjoy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Before you swim, you first must wade 12 février 2012
Par dream factory - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Ezra Pound was the heart of the American poetry modernist revolution. But I found his poetry hard to digest. His masterwork 'Cantos' swept me helplessly out to sea. I tried reading the definitive Pound affair 'A Pound Era'. It buried me alive. But I yearned to feel Pound.

Then I came upon this collection of Pound poems. A bevy of short intense early works which I could wrap around and begin my friendship as such, without being trampled by his emotional and intellectual complexity.

There is a whole Pound galaxy out there. And this is a great collection to start with.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Artist of the beautiful. 5 octobre 2005
Par x - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This collection of Pound's earlier poems is the necessary companion of any modern poet. Especially noteworthy, and on display here, is the Pound Rhythm. Pound wrote poetry that embodied its own music. There is much to learn from Pound and in this volume he can be approached without the annotated index that is needed to tackle The Cantos.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 No page numbers for a book that's primarily going to ... 28 juillet 2014
Par Mark Folse - Publié sur Amazon.com
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No page numbers for a book that's primarily going to be used in a classroom environment? Fail. If you're buying this for class you'll want a hard copy.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Personae 29 janvier 2013
Par Judith Abrahms - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have this book, but I haven't started it. I have nothing to say about it because I don't know what's in it.
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