"A Draft Of XXX Cantos" ( Ezra Pound ) Analytical Essay by The Research Group

"A Draft Of XXX Cantos" ( Ezra Pound )
Analyzes 30 cantos' style, narration, themes, form, allusions and philosophy.
# 22475 | 2,250 words | 1 source | 1995 | US
Published on Mar 10, 2003 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)


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"In The Cantos Ezra Pound wrote a poem in which he tried to include the whole world. He used many languages, ideas from many traditions, and quotations from some of the greatest works of literature. In the first group of poems, which are called A Draft of XXX Cantos, Pound begins with Greek literature and goes to Chinese philosophy and then to nineteenth-century economic ideas. Canto I is about Odysseus and his men who are involved in one of their adventures from Homer's Odyssey, the ancient Greek poem that was the first work of European literature. Canto XIII deals with a conversation between the Chinese philosopher Kung (another way of saying Confucius) and some of his followers. The teachings, or sayings, of Confucius are the basis of a whole way of thinking and believing in many parts of Asia. Canto XIX is set in modern times and the narrator and an American businessman ..."

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