Provides an introduction to the life and works of Ezra Pound, a major modernist poet, theorist and literary critic. Throughout his life Pound was regarded by many to be a contentious and controversial figure, and since his death in 1972, theoretical, literary, political and biographical comentators have done much to perpetuate this view. Peter Wilson's survey, however, presents a balanced view of his life and work allowing the reader to judge for themselves.
The major sections of the book offer introductions to the complex life and work of Pound, outlining the various cultural, political and literary issues which are important to a full understanding of his place in twentieth century English literature. Critical commentaries are then given on all of Pound's major poetry, adopting some analytical techniques from stylistics. Brief biographies of important figures in Pound's career, and in the development of literary modernism are provided. A gazeteer, glossary, and suggestions for further reading complete the book.
Introduction Part One. The Writer and his setting Chronological table 1. Biographical background 2. Literary, Cultural and Politcal background Part Two. 1. Critical Survey. 2. Personae 3. Imagism in Practice 4. Cathay 5. The Language of the Cantos 6. Aspects of the Cantos 7. Conclusion Part Three 1. Reference Section. 2. Brief Biographies 3. Gazetteer 4. Bibliography 5. Further Reading