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The Cantos Summary
Ezra Pound

Everything you need to understand or teach The Cantos by Ezra Pound.

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The Cantos Summary

Introduction

The difficult, sometimes frustrating, often moving, occasionally brilliant epic poem The Cantos is Ezra Pound's most significant contribution to world literature. The poem, though, is rarely read all the way through, and Pound is better remembered for his short poems, his early theoretical writings and manifestoes, and his turbulent personal history. This is unfortunate, because in The Cantos are some of the most beautiful and powerful passages in twentiethcentury poetry. Written over more than fifty years, the poem is a document of the rise, reign, and fall of a literary style, a generation of artists, and a way of life. Pound was perhaps the central figure in the development of modernism, not only in literature but in fiction, drama, sculpture, and even music, and in Cantos so many of his enduring concerns and artistic innovations are present, both as prefigurations and reminiscences of the heady days of the 1920s...

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