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In this essential guide to one of the most difficult yet rewarding poems of the twentieth century, William Cookson (who began corresponding with Pound as a schoolboy in 1957) draws on a deep and intimate knowledge of Pound's life and work. This edition incorporates much new information and has been substantially revised and expanded. William Cookson gives lucid critical overviews to the various sections of the poem, clarifying its purpose and structure and explaining the views on literature, history and economics that inform Pound's poetry. His detailed commentary on each canto addresses the major stumbling-blocks for readers by translating foreign phrases, identifying quotations and explaining allusions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780856463051
ISBN-10: 0856463051
Format: Paperback
(215mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - William Cookson

William Cookson was a poet, critic and the founding editor of Agenda, which has since the 1960s championed the work of Ezra Pound, David Jones and Geoffrey Hill among other distinguished modern poets. He is the editor of 'Ezra Pound: Selected Prose 1909-1965' (1973.

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