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Images of light and brightness associated with these goddesses come to focus in the phrase "all things that are, are lights" quoted from John Scotus Eriugena. He also disliked what he saw as the superstitious pseudo-mysticism promulgated by both Buddhists and Taoists, to the detriment of rational politics. Much of the rest of the canto consists of references to mystic doctrines of light, vision and intellection. Pound's Canto 81 opens with Zeus "in Ceres' bosom" (517), then turns sharply, if not inevitably, to hard personal and historical concerns. The range of allusion to historical events is broad, and abrupt changes occur with little transition. These couples can be seen as variants on Ra-Set. Then the canto returns to Adams' notes on the practicalities of funding the war and the negotiation of a loan from the Dutch. The ocean flowing backward, came we then to the place. The canto concludes with some fragments from the Second Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, in a Latin version by Georgius Dartona which Pound found in the Divus volume, followed by "So that:"—an invitation to read on. Guido Cavalcanti appears on horseback to tell Pound about a heroic deed of a girl from Rimini who led a troop of Canadian soldiers to a mined field and died with the "enemy". The first canto in the sequence, Canto LXXXV, contains 104 Chinese characters from the Chou King, in addition to a number of Latin phrases, mostly taken from Couvreur's translation. Flory, Wendy Stallard. In the 1962 interview already quoted, Pound points to Anselm's clash with William Rufus over his investiture as part of the history of the struggle for individual rights. The destruction of Montségur is implicitly compared with the destruction of Troy in the closing lines of the canto. With the outbreak of war in 1939, Pound was in Italy, where he remained, despite a request for repatriation he made after Pearl Harbor. Italian scholars have been intrigued by Pound's idiosyncratic recreation of the poetry of Dante and Cavalcanti. Laughlin pushed Pound to publish an authorised edition, and the poet responded by supplying the more-or-less abandoned drafts and fragments he had, plus two fragments dating from 1941. For reading matter, he had a regulation-issue Bible along with three books he was allowed to bring in as his own "religious" texts: a Chinese text of Confucius, James Legge's translation of the same, and a Chinese dictionary. Rulers who Pound viewed as embodying some or all of these characteristics are adduced: Queen Elizabeth I, Cleopatra, Alexander the Great, as are Napoleon III, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Dexter White, who stand for everything Pound opposes in government and finance. The final fragment returns to beginnings with the name of François Bernonad, the French printer of A Draft of XVI Cantos. Consequent on this, he was released from St. Elizabeths on condition that he return to Europe, which he promptly did. Designed by Leon Battista Alberti and decorated by artists including Piero della Francesca and Agostino di Duccio, this was a landmark Renaissance building, being the first church to use the Roman triumphal arch as part of its structure. Divus created the translation of The Odyssey that Pound translated himself into "Canto 1." Canto LII opens with references to Duke Leopoldo, John Adams and Gertrude Bell, before sliding into a particularly virulent antisemitic passage, directed mainly at the Rothschild family. [10], The issue of incoherence of the work is reflected by the equivocal note sounded in the final two more-or-less completed cantos; according to William Cookson, the final two cantos show that Pound has been unable to make his materials cohere, while they insist that the world itself still does cohere. It was awarded the first Bollingen Prize in 1948. Thus with stretched sail, we went over sea till day’s end. Despite all the controversy surrounding both poem and poet, The Cantos has been influential in the development of English-language long poems since the appearance of the early sections in the 1920s. This fountain was sacred to the Muses and its water was said to inspire poetry in those who drank it. Canto XCVII draws heavily on Alexander del Mar's History of Monetary Systems in a survey ranging from Abd al Melik, the first Caliph to strike distinctly Islamic coinage, through Athelstan, who helped introduce the guild system into England, to the American Revolution. The poetic response to The Cantos is summed up in Basil Bunting's poem, "On the Fly-Leaf of Pound's Cantos": A fraction of the poem is read near the ending of Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1975 film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. The goddess of love then returns after a lyric passage situating Pound's work in the great tradition of English lyric, in the sense of words intended to be sung. The word Sagetrieb, meaning something like the transmission of tradition, apparently coined by Pound, is repeated after its first use in the previous canto, underlining Pound's belief that he is transmitting a tradition of political ethics that unites China, Revolutionary America and his own beliefs. Ezra Pound's Cantos represent some of the highest achievement in 20th century poetry. Throughout the Pisan sequence, Pound repeatedly likens the camp to Francesco del Cossa's March fresco depicting men working at a grape arbour. This tripling is crucial to an understanding of Pound's motivations. In Canto CVII, Coke is placed in a river of light tradition that also includes Confucius, Ocellus and Agassiz. "The Ideologies and Semiotics of Fascism: Analyzing Pound's Cantos 12-15". [citation needed], The Cantos was initially published in the form of separate sections, each containing several cantos that were numbered sequentially using Roman numerals (except cantos 85–109, first published with Arabic numerals). and Gary Snyder. Finally, this "clear song" and intellectual activity is implicitly contrasted with the inertia and indolence of the lotus eaters, whose song completes the canto. It, in turn, blends with the DTC in which the poet is imprisoned. The Cantos can appear on first reading to be chaotic or structureless because it lacks plot or a definite ending. Ocellus is first introduced in Canto LXXXVII, "Y Yin, Ocellus, Erigena." The content of Canto I can be summarised as follows: Odysseus narrates how he and his crew sailed to Hades to have their fortunes told by Tiresias, the blind seer. The original Greek is quoted extensively and an aside claiming the right to write for a specialist audience is included. This was reissued in paperback in 1986 with the addition of the Italian Cantos 72–73. The overall effect for the English-speaking reader is one of unreadability, and the canto is hard to elucidate unless read alongside a copy of Couvreur's text. Pound referred to his procedure — on display here — of speckling bits of other, similar narratives into a primary one, as the writing of “candied” verse narratives. The rest of the canto is concerned with events leading up to the revolution, Adams' time in France, and the formation of Washington's administration. There is a sort of lineage going on in the poem, from Homer, to Divus, and ultimately to the speaker - Odysseus. A similar parallel between Coke and the author of the Book of the Eparch is highlighted in Canto CIX. Canto XCVIII reintroduces Ocellus, a fictional character whose name derives from the Latin word for "eye." The resulting book, therefore, can hardly be described as representing Pound's definitive planned ending to the poem. A passage on Adams' opposition to American involvement in European wars is highlighted, echoing Pound's position on his own times. Canto XXXVI opens with a translation of Cavalcanti's canzone Donna mi pregha ("A lady asks me"). Canto LIII covers the period from the founding of the Hia dynasty to the life of Confucius and up to circa 225 BCE. Thus, although Pound distrusted the masses, "foreigners," and so forth, The Cantos themselves (with their references to Confucius, the agrarian populism of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian Democracy, and even the "enlightened despotism" of Leopold II) reflect the underlying conservative sentiment behind his more well-known social and economic views (including his antisemitism. For the poetry form, see, XLII–LI [42-51] (Fifth Decad, called also Leopoldine Cantos), LXXII–LXXIII [72-73] (The Italian Cantos), eleven cantos are based on the first eleven volumes, «During that time, Pound maintained his allegiance to Mussolini, "still trying simultaneously both to mold and to defend the regime with his ever more idealistic and Confucian propaganda (Makin 234). The word is used of Odysseus in the fourth line of the Odyssey: "he suffered woes in his heart on the seas". The first of these, "Addendum for C", is a rant against usury that moves a bit away from the usual antisemitism in the line "the defiler, beyond race and against race". For Pound, who spent a good deal of time seeking patrons for himself, Joyce, Eliot and a string of little magazines and small presses, the role of the patron was a crucial cultural question, and Malatesta is the first in a line of ruler-patrons to appear in The Cantos. The "fount in the hills fold" and the erect temple (Templum aedificans) also serve as images of sexual love. The controversy has intensified since 1940 when Pound's very public stance on the war in Europe and his support for Benito Mussolini's fascism became widely known. Canto XLVIII presents more instances of what Pound considers to be usury, some of which display signs of his antisemitic position. However, the home achieved is not the place intended when the poem was begun but is the terzo cielo ("third heaven") of human love. 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