Ezra Pound and Roman Poetry: A Preliminary Survey
Rodopi, 1995 - 167
Ezra Pound and Roman Poetry is an examination of a crucial phase in the development of Pound as translator and, therefore, of creative translation in the twentieth century. The book provides a survey of Pound's attempt to appropriate the poetry of Classical Rome, by tracing the histories of the poet's involvement with Horace, Virgil, Catullus, Ovid and Propertius, in order to express his own marginal position within London during the First World War. No extensive critical discussion is attempted, but attention is given to Pound's critical writings on the Latin poets as well as his translations from their work. Dr Davidson also treats other aspects of Pound's problematic relation to the Classical Tradition: the use and abuse of dictionaries; Laforgue and Baudelaire as a third term haunting Pound's translations; the difficult monolith of English classicism; the invention of an oppositional romanitas. It is hoped that this work may encourage others to produce the comprehensive survey which Pound's sustained and Protean relationship to the classical languages would appear to demand. Pound's readings of Latin poetry are inevitably readings also of English poetry, in the context of England, and particularly London, in the first two decades of the twentieth century.
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Pound and the Pervigilium Veneris
Pound and Horace
Pound and Catullus
Pounds Homage to Sextus Propertius
Pound and Ovid
the Aeneid in The Cantos
A List of the References to Roman Poetry
A Note on the Relation of Pounds Metric
Sources of Homage to Sextus Propertius
Actaeon Aeneas Aeneid appears attempt beauty becomes beginning Canto Carmen Catullan Catullus Catullus's century classical close colour comes complete connection consider context continues death described direct earlier effect Elegies English epigrams essential evoked example face feeling follow function gives goddess gods Greek hard Homage Horace Horace's idea imitation important intense interest language Latin Lesbia letter light lines living London lover Lustra matter meaning Metamorphoses metre mind move nature night Odes opening opposition original Ovid parallel particularly passage perception perhaps Pervigilium phrase poem poetic poetry poets possible Pound present Propertius Propertius's provides reader reading reference relation Roman Roman poets Rome seems sense Sirmio song sound spring story structure suggests things thought Tiresias translation Ur-Canto Venus verse Virgil wind writing