Historical Context

Pound wrote his The Cantos over a long period of time—the first canto was published in 1917 and the final installment to be...

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Literary Style

The construction of The Cantos is extremely complex. It is an epic, so it involves a journey, but unlike the Odyssey or the Aeneid the...

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Compare and Contrast

1920s: The United States, fresh from its success in World War I, enjoys the ''Roaring Twenties,'' a period of economic expansion and...

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Topics for Further Study

In many of the middle cantos, Pound focuses on the correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. He is also interested in the...

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Media Adaptations

In 1958, Pound was released from St. Elizabeth's hospital in Washington, D.C. Before leaving the United States to return to Italy, Pound...

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What Do I Read Next?

Pound's earlier and shorter poetry is collected in the volume entitled Personae. Although none of the poems in this book were written...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Kenner, Hugh, The Poetry of Ezra Pound, University of Nebraska Press, 1985 (reprint).


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(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Baumann, Walter. A Rose in the Steel Dust: An Examination of The Cantos of Ezra Pound. Coral Gables, Fla.: University of Miami Press, 1970. A revisionist examination of the Cantos, with a view toward the post-industrial age seen through Pound’s extreme interest in Dante and the French Provençal troubadours.

Emery, Clark. Ideas into Action: A Study of Pound’s Cantos. Coral Gables, Fla.: University of Miami Press, 1958. One of the original sources on the Cantos, written well after The Pisan Cantos but well before Pound’s release from St. Elizabeths and the official ending of the poetry sequence. Analyzes the active in relation to the passive.

Goodwin, K. L....

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