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A Guide to the Cantos of Ezra Pound

William Cookson

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ISBN: 978 0 856463 05 1
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: January 2001
215 x 138 x 22 mm
320 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • In this essential guide to one of the most difficult yet rewarding poems of the twentieth century, William Cookson (who began corresponding with Pound as a schoolboy in 1957) draws on a deep and intimate knowledge of Pound’s life and work. This edition incorporates much new information and has been substantially revised and expanded.

    William Cookson gives lucid critical overviews to the various sections of the poem, clarifying its purpose and structure and explaining the views on literature, history and economics that inform Pound’s poetry. His detailed commentary on each canto addresses the major stumbling-blocks for readers by translating foreign phrases, identifying quotations and explaining allusions.

    William Cookson was a poet, critic and the founding editor of Agenda, which since the 1960s championed the work of Ezra Pound, David Jones and Geoffrey Hill among other distinguished modern poets. He also edited of Ezra Pound: Selected Prose 1909–1965 (1973). He died in 2003. ... read more
    Praise for William Cookson 'The briefest look at the index of poets represented here will testify to the work done by Agenda since it appeared in 1959.'
    Times Literary Supplement
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