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Ezra Pound - The Cantos - Canto I

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Uploaded on Jan 15, 2011

Ezra Pound's Cantos represent some of the highest achievement in 20th century poetry. While mapping the history of man, the Cantos begin with an episode of Homer's Odyssey, particularly the journey into Hades. Pound uses the 16th century Latin version of Homer by the obscure Andreas Divus, a book he had bought in Paris where he was perhaps the most important poet in the world in the first decades of the past century. Regrettable politics mars the legacy of Pound the man, but his work is undeniably some of the greatest ever produced. The Cantos essentially are of three sorts; the first concern those living in hell content with it; the second concern those who experience a metamorphosis and see that things could be better; and the third set concern those who lead man to better life.

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