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Lecture 9 - Ezra Pound

Lecture 9 - Ezra Pound

This video was recorded at YALE ENGL 310 - Modern Poetry with Professor Langdon Hammer. The lecture introduces the poetry of Ezra Pound. Tensions in Pound's personality and career are considered, particularly in terms of his relationships with other poets and his fascism and anti-capitalism. The poem "The Seafarer" is examined as a quintessentially Poundian project in its treatment and translation of poetic forms. The first Canto of his epic project, The Cantos, is analyzed as a meditation on the process of expressing and engaging with history and literary tradition. Reading assignment: Ezra Pound: "A Pact," "The Rest," "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley," Canto I-II, "Sestina: Altaforte," "The Seafarer" Resources Handout 7: Ezra Pound [PDF] Paper 1: Topics and Preparation [PDF]


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