Early Cantos I-XLI
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CitationAlbright, Daniel. 1999. Early Cantos I-XLI. In The Cambridge Companion to Ezra Pound, ed. Ira B. Nadel, 59-91. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
AbstractHere begins the great unwieldy poem, all light and mud, to which Ezra Pound devoted much of his life. It was the work of a poet too ambitious, too afraid of being cramped, to work according to a plan. Instead of a plan, Pound devised a strategy for creating a self-scrutinizing text, continually extending itself, ramifying outward, as it groped to comprehend its own prior meanings, to improvise new networks of connection, and to assimilate new material: a text shaped like a developing brain. New Cantos form themselves out of schemes to make sense of old Cantos: so the story of The Cantos comprises two intertwined stories, one concerning Pound's writing of the poem, the other concerning Pound's interpretations of what he had already written.
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