At a glance:
- Author: Ezra Pound
- First Published: 1962
- Type of Poem: Poetic sequence
- Genres: Free verse, Poetry, Epic, Lyric sequence
- Subjects: Mythology or myths, Europe or Europeans, World War II, Bible, biblical imagery, or biblical symbolism, Biblical times, Films, movies, or motion pictures, Italy or Italians, Animals
“Canto 116” (or “Canto CXVI,” as it was first known) was composed in Italy in 1959. It is a relatively short poem in free verse. Its seventy-four lines vary in length from three to eleven syllables. The figure the poem makes on paper is jagged because of frequent indentation; many of its lines begin in the middle or toward the end of the page.
Upon scrutiny, “Canto 116” reveals a threefold structure: Part 1, so called, extends from Neptunus (Neptune) of line 1 to Justinian, including the next line (line 22), “a tangle of works unfinished.” Muss...
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