Diptych Rome-London by Ezra Pound

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Two poems, "Homage to Sextus Propertius" and "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly," refer to the aftermath of World War I and consider the conflicts between the demands of the time and the self. Reprint.

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New Directions has been the primary publisher of Ezra Pound in the U.S. since the founding of the press when James Laughlin published New Directions in Prose and Poetry 1936. That year Pound was fifty-one. In Laughlin’s first letter to Pound, he wrote: “Expect, please, no fireworks. I am bourgeois-born (Pittsburgh); have never missed a meal. . . . But full of ‘noble caring’ for something as inconceivable as the future of decent letters in the US.” Little did Pound know that into the twenty-first century the fireworks would keep exploding as readers continue to find his books relevant and meaningful. Richard Sieburth has edited Ezra Pound’s Poems & Translations, New Selected Poems and Translations, The Pisan Cantos and A Walking Tour in Southern France.
Published May 1, 1994 by New Directions. 58 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It has become the quintessential expression of the shattering of 19th-century optimism, summed up in Pound's famous lines: ``There died a myriad, / And of the best, among them, / For an old bitch gone in the teeth, / For a botched civilization,/Charm, smiling at the good mouth, / Quick eyes gone ...

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