He goes on about the Jews then leads into economics. Mysterious, reflective. magna NUX animae with Barabbas and 2 thieves beside me, "all them g.d. m.f. I am basing my conclusion of the patient’s current mental state on several complicated factors that I ask you to consider. The poet’s work with myth is restless, syncretic, as if he were trying to get to the root of what the gods, some of them anyway, have in common; witness the fertility party thrown in Canto 47 by Tammuz, Adonis, Ceres, Proserpine, Aphrodite, and Dionysus, w/ Circe and Tiresias attendant. God? “It is the sons pent up within a man / mumbled old Neptune” Again, the young who riot all over the old, like the trees on the Rue Jacob / Apian Way. “a bang, not a whimper” – his friend Eliot. 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. He is like Moses descended from the surrounding mountains into the valley below to bring the true law – righteousness – to those who have been starved with false faith in the bombed-out desert wasteland they themselves created. .... cheek bone, by verbal manifestation, is at Capoquadri in the fresco square over the doorway, funge la purezza, and that certain images be formed in the mind, and as for playing checquers with black Jim, on a barrel top where now is the Ritz-Carlton, and the voice of Monsieur Fouquet or the Napoleon 3rd, barbiche of Mr Quackenbos, or Quackenbush, or old Train (Francis) on the pavement in his plain wooden, or a fellow throwing a knife in the market, and the cool of the 42nd St. tunnel (periplum), white-wash and horse cars, the Lexington Avenue cable, refinement, pride of tradition, alabaster, carved wood from Venice venetian glass and the samovar, and the fire bucket, 1806 Barre Mass'chusetts, and thence to Al Hambra, the lion court and el, orient reaching to Tangier, the cliffs the villa of Perdicaris, not with my patio and the wistaria and the tennis courts, or the quality of the beer served to sailors, the frescoes in S. Pietro and the madonna in Ortolo, in 1912 explaining its mysteries to the piccolo, when it was lost in Orleans and France semi-ruin'd, arachidi, and the soja has yet to save Europe. Says the Japanese sentry : Paaak yu djeep over there, some of the best soldiers we have says the captain, remembering Kagekiyo : "how stiff the shaft of your neck is.". “created the names” – the names, the forms perhaps, existed before? ", From the law, by the law, so build yr/ temple, and the two largest rackets are the alternation, (of the unit of money METATHEMENON TE TON, by Athens for the building of the Salamis fleet, where it has got to the state need not borrow, nor do the veterans need state guarantees, and whose wife sold shirts and short breeches, and on whose book-shelf was the Life of Henry Ford, a nice little town in the Tyrol in a wide flat-lying valley. Bush, Ronald. The Pisan Cantos. in short shall we look for a deeper or is this the bottom? But the case for a new edition is stronger than that. Every civilization is built on war. Perhaps this farmer is sad because he finds himself in a similar situation with Cain whose sacrifices were not respected by God. Detailed sources for all annotated cantos - Saturday, 09 April 2016 11:59. His reference to Joyce is interesting for me because I think Joyce was far more successful in making a very similar point that Pound is making. 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. 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. such as Salustio's in the time of Ixotta. 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’s so concerned with money and economics. Could be church, gospel, mass, homily? “nothing counts save the quality of the affection” I wonder if this is what Jesus thought / felt as he took on everyone’s sin? The Pisan Cantos (1948), written while Pound was incarcerated—first in a prison camp for war criminals and later in a hospital for the criminally insane—were among the most admired sections of the poem; they won a Bollingen Prize in 1949. Not out on interest said David rex. “philosophy is not for young men” reminds me of no country for old men. “I don’t know how humanity stands it” – amazing line. 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. “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? Language, the old meanings of words “root” – the plant has roots hidden in the earth and words have meaning we aren’t always aware of, but words have meaning. The Cantos Project by Roxana Preda is licensed under a. It cannot be done. To Whistler, American. Who is tending that flock? “they say she could draw down birds from the trees, / that indeed was imperial; but made hell in / the palace” Very funny, but also it’s a capturing of nature and nature’s revolt to be caged. The farmer reaches out to his cow, starved as it is, and places his hand on the animal, comforts the beast with the simple gesture of a gentle, caring touch. Greeks kill, Homer turns the wreckage into art. Mr K. said nothing foolish, the whole month nothing foolish: "if we weren't dumb, we wouldn't be here". / Name ‘em! Words are important. “CONversation” Language can be manipulated. said the guard "take everyone of them g.d.m.f. 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. This is such a great line. I sing and I hurt and I want to be understood. 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