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Posted February 6, 2010
Often our modern impression of Ezra Pound is of an avant-garde experimental poet and political fanatic with frequent bouts of insanity. However, Ezra was an impressario and literary genius. He was the first and early promoter of Eliot, Joyce, Frost, William Carlos Williams, h.d. among others. He spoke and read multiple languages. He wrote essays on theater, music, poetry,critical prose, novels, visual art, Chinese and Japanese culture among others. AND his essays are ultimately readable. Try most literary criticism today, and you'll find jargon & genre-specific terms & critical esotericism & pleasantries because no one would want to offend anyone else by stating that a work has no merit. Pound calls 'em as he sees 'em. In short, easily digestible units, he tells you why something or someone is or isn't worth reading, and he tells you in plain English. Whether you choose to return to these artists, you'll learn something about HOW to read, about discernment, about why art matters and how we can find ourselves in it. I think you'll come away from these forays pleasantly surprised, and maybe even informed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.