“Brother Wasp is building a very neat house” Life toils endlessly. What is a society anyway? “Nothing affects these people / Except our conversation” Words are dangerous, news and rumor travels fast (Chaucer’s House of Fame). Words are important. in short shall we look for a deeper or is this the bottom? “Canto” is an Italian word for song, poem, or chant. And in this sense Pound and the farmer are deeply connected at the center beating heart of this Canto. And now “We” reap what “We” have sown: a God who seems to have turned his back on all of humanity as he did with Cain, a starving cow, and a blind farmer who laments his fate because whom he placed his faith in turned out to be a false God, like the golden calf in the desert. To Whistler, American. After a thorough examination of Ezra Weston Loomis Pound’s mental state, it is my professional opinion that while the patient displays “no paranoia, delusions nor hallucinations” and there is “no evidence of psychosis, neurosis or psychopathy,” his “prolonged exposure in present environment may precipitate a mental breakdown, of which premonitory symptoms are discernible” (XIV). How much life can he wring out of the land and livestock? Violent image, drums of war, not drums of peace. the wild birds wd not eat the white bread, plowed in the sacred field and unwound the silk worms early, the paraclete that was present in Yao, the precision, sd/Isaiah. "To begin again when we are stronger. Humanity split in two. Le Paradis n'est pas artificiel. Ezra Pound's The Pisan Cantos was written in 1945, while the poet was being held in an American military detention center near Pisa, Italy, as a result of his pro-Fascist wartime broadcasts to America on Radio Rome. Ezra Pound's The Pisan Cantos was written in 1945, while the poet was being held in an American military detention center near Pisa, Italy, as a result of his pro-Fascist wartime broadcasts to … 4 times was the city rebuilded, Hooo Fasa. Funny. a s the dawn sun has trapped their shadows, this breath wholly covers the mountains . While in custody in Italy, Pound began work on sections of The Cantos that were published as The Pisan Cantos (1948), for which he was awarded the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1949 by the Library of Congress, causing enormous controversy. The problem with the word modern is that it’s been in use for so long now that we can’t really use it now. If the Cantos lives on, it is as translation, as a poem that never begins but only "starts": "And it 'starts' only with living on (testament, iterability, remaining [restance], crypt, detachment that lifts the strictures of the 'living' rectio or direction of an 'author' not drowned at the edge of his text)." First, the patient is highly intelligent and imaginative. “CONversation” Language can be manipulated. “filial, fraternal affection is the root of humaneness” – yes! "sunt lumina" said the Oirishman to King Carolus, and the fleet at Salamis made with money lent by the state to the shipwrights, Never inside the country to raise the standard of living. ", But in Russia they bungled and did not apparently, and went in for dumping in order to trouble the waters, their Katholou can not be sufficiently derived from, their generalities cannot be born from a sufficient phalanx, who turneth his word in its season and shapes it, who seized the extremities and the opposites, holding true course between them shielding men from their errors, holding empire as if not in a mortar with it, wd/ have put the old man, son père on his shoulders. Linus = 2nd Pope. said the guard "take everyone of them g.d.m.f. Owing to the extraordinary conditions of its composition and transmission, approximately five hundred corruptions of Pound’s typescript text survived into the poem’s first English and American publications. This is and isn’t modern poetry. Calendars of composition Ur-I to canto 52 - Monday, 26 October 2020 01:00. Pisan Cantos Problems and Solutions Ronald Bush and David Ten Eyck Abstract If for no other reason the fact that all published editions of the Pisan Cantos have been unable to execute Ezra Pound’s instructions for the insertion of Greek and have omitted over fifty sets of Chinese characters that he directed his publishers to include would be sufficient cause to re-edit the poem. If the cow cannot eat, how can “We”? Yet how can he provide for so many when his cow has been starved? the ewe, he said had such a pretty look in her eyes; and the nymph of the Hagoromo came to me, stone knowing the form which the carver imparts it, sia Cythera, sia Ixotta, sia in Santa Maria dei Miracoli, where Pietro Romano has fashioned the bases. under the olives, by cypress, mare Tirreno, Past Malmaison in field by the river the tables, To the left of la bella Torre the tower of Ugolino, and the only people who did anything of any interest were H., M. and, and Monsieur Jean wrote a play now and then or the, pouvrette et ancienne oncques lettre ne lus, without a painted paradise at the end of it, the dwarf morning-glory twines round the grass blade. I guess this is his antisemitism rearing its ugly head. God? (made in Ragusa) and: what art do you handle? diamonds, then “the mind indestructible” . Suivent les « Pisan Cantos » (LXXIV-LXXXIV) écrits en captivité en 1945, où le poète se remémore les années et les amitiés de Londres et de Paris, et fait également une référence, souv Not out on interest said David rex. Wanjina = Australian rain god. Fields full of rockets? If I may be as bold as to sound poetic, it is as if the patient were tuned into the radio broadcast of all human civilization across all time and space and wants to make sense of it all not only for himself, but for everyone alive. Eden allusion? The Pisan Cantos Poetry by Ezra Pound Edited by Richard Sieburth Ezra Pound’s The Pisan Cantos were written in 1945, while the poet was being held in an American military detention center near Pisa, Italy, as a result of his pro-Fascist wartime broadcasts to America on Radio Rome. ", and young H/ the tip from the augean stables in Paris, Meyer Anselm, a rrromance, yes, yes certainly, but more fool you if you fall for it two centuries later. ", and the old Marchesa remembered a reception in Petersburg, and Kokka thought there might be some society (good) left in. Poetry following war, art following destruction. He’s like rules. but always abroad to increase the profits of usurers, they do not clutter the market for gunnery, Pisa, in the 23rd year of the effort in sight of the tower, for murder and rape with trimmings plus Cholkis, plus mythology, thought he was Zeus ram or another one. He also seems to recognize that he is suffering tremendous psychological stress when he writes “States of mind are inexplicable to us” (38) but then follows, in ancient Greek, with “dakruon” (tears, or weeping) repeated three times as if he is painfully aware how his present psychological state is affecting him emotionally. The Pisan Cantos. In the beginning was the word. We enter the first Pisan canto, Canto 74, on page 425 and pass through 18 pages of allusive, resonant poetry. Clement = apocrypha. Barn destroyed? “woe to them that conquer with armies / and whose only right is their power.” Yet the farmer also starves. God is saying the righteous shall know peace, yet Pound paints a far more pessimistic picture for the wounded young men who are returning home from war. But the possum plays dead, yet isn’t dead. Perhaps “We” who “talked of every boy and girl in the valley” are like the women in Siegfried Sassoon’s “Glory of Women” who, having also succumb to the state’s propaganda, gave a white feather to all the young men who believed. "The best" And the moderns? My dog tags still have the R.C. Starved of faith, food, and friendship, the farmer and his cow resemble the most horrific terrors of war. More Poems by Ezra Pound. In January 1940, Pound had published Cantos LII-LXXI, which survey the purgatory of human malevolence and error awaiting any conscientious effort at good government. Wasn’t Pound a fascist? As it were to dream of, morticians' daughters raddled but amorous, To study with the white wings of time passing, filial, fraternal affection is the root of humaneness. Pound worked on the Cantos for more than fifty years, from about 1915 until his death. As the farmer touches his starving cow he is reminded of the endless and fruitless toil of his lonely existence. 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Ewing's “Why Authoritarians Attack the Arts”, Eliot and Baraka: Identity and Disenfranchisement, Euripides: Heracles: Heroic vs. He goes on to write, in French, “Le paradis n’est pas artificiel” (paradise is not artificial) (38) which in my opinion is his way of expressing that he still has a hope for the future and that his happiness is attainable. “philosophy is not for young men” reminds me of no country for old men. We have within us our own enemies who will kill us, we raise them and they might either help us in old age or kill us in another war. The Pisan Cantos are the anticlimax to the epic rather than a part of it, poetry of a wholly different order from that of the earlier Cantos because they have been trapped by a situation which gives them, willynilly, a definite, determinate content. “We” only “talked of every boy and girl in the valley”, not acted in their defense. "Oh, nothing modern, But Herr Bacher's father made madonnas still in the tradition, carved wood as you might have found in any cathedral. War can kill us, but it’s our language which really changes things – governments, law, literature, love letters. "c'mon small fry" sd/ the little coon to the big black; Robbing the public for private individual's gain, every bank of discount is downright iniquity, robbing the public for private individual's gain, if on high, will flow downward all thru them. Trouble will always come back to life. hamadryas, then “the slaves learning slavery” – is this racist? “and with one day’s reading a man may have the key in his hands” – I like this. For example, the patient is fluent in numerous languages, including ancient Greek, has a strong grasp of Chinese ideograms, and is able to maintain coherence of thought while abruptly switching from one language to the next. The patient has granted me access to his journal which, though at first I found to be nearly incomprehensible, has provided valuable insight into his mind after a close and careful reading. “The new Bechstein is electric” – all his birds sit on the electric wires making a new sort of electric music – the sound in the wires visualized by nature – hidden, unseen beauty to be discovered. This blind farmer, who carries with him the memory of war, speaks with the unique “dialect” of wartime experience that the boys and girls of the valley are ignorant of. Source: Cantos of Ezra Pound (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1993) More About this Poem. This is such a great line. Pound is requiring each of us to complete the image, to freely choose which direction we will walk. “you can neither eat manuscript not Confucius” Philosophy won’t do you much good when you’re starving. M. Butterfly: Feminism: Is Gender Identity Natural / Innate or Socially Constructed? such as Salustio's in the time of Ixotta. 48) and explores the ways in which this operates in the poems; he clearly values The Pisan Cantos highly if not unreservedly, where ‘his lines hit the right note more often than ever before or after’ (p. 47). I am words. “he was sad because he had been able to feel / all the ribs of his cow …” this is a devastating line in the face of all the war that had been going on but it also recalls what happened to the Jews and other people who the Nazi’s terrorized. “but he climbed about 200 steps of the tower to see what he had seen thru the roof of a barn no longer standing … where he had fired that howitzer and the large eye that found him at its level was a giraffe’s eye at dawn, in his nest, hunting leopards” The killer / soldier has remorse? In killing? Authority? in the mountain as if under the guard roosts. “R.C. We are all “centaur[s]” We are half beastly nature, half language rationals. “a bang, not a whimper” – his friend Eliot. “The wind is part of the process / The rain is part of the process” everything is a process, but towards what? The honor came amid violent controversy, for the dark cloud of treason still hung over Pound, incarcerated in St. Elizabeths Hospital for the Criminally Insane. The farmer has not been totally deprived of his humanity, he is still capable of intense emotion even after suffering though the horrors of war. These Cantos are an outpouring of Pound’s mind, but do we still know him any better? & trans. having run into the future non-sovereign Edvardus, in the days of the Berlin to Bagdad project, and of Tom L's photos of rock temples in Arabia Petra, He said I protested too much he wanted to start a press, and print the greek classics.... periplum, and the very very aged Snow created considerable, But on the other hand the President of Magdalen, and there was no doubt that the dons lived well, it was if I remember rightly the burn and freeze that the fresh-, easier to teach them to roar like gorillas, we have not yet calculated the sum gorilla + bayonet, Corporal Casey tells me that Stalin le bonhomme Staline, and old Rhys, Ernest, was a lover of beauty, and when he was still engineer in a coal mine, a man passed him at high speed radiant in the mine gallery, and as Luff was twice the fellow's size, Rhys was puzzled, to the click of hooves on the cobbles by Tevere, and "my fondest knight lie dead".. or la Stuarda, "ghosts move about me" "patched with histories", and there are also the conjectures of the Fortean Society, and this grass or whatever here under the tentflaps, representative brush strokes wd/ be similar. The cow’s exposed ribs resemble the millions who were starved in concentration camps: men, women, and children who in broad daylight were rounded up while their fellow citizens did nothing. as the bright ball that the fountain tosses, est agens and functions dust to a fountain pan otherwise. “but the gas cut off” is a great image of the wreck of nobility sitting around with no money to pay the bills or, at least, because the utilities / utility of the nation has been destroyed. Perhaps the farmer senses the beast’s exposed ribs as evidence of the distance he and God have grown apart and he is reminded of how much killing he was involved with during the war. “periplum” is as good a word as any, even if it’s not (formally) a word. 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