Guide to Kulchur Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why does Pound say he created "Digest of the Analects?"

Pound says the reason he made the digest is that "rapacity is the main force in our time" and so it is difficult to print wisdom. As a result, Pound wants to increase the amount of wisdom available.

2. How does Pound feel about "The New Learning?"

Pound feels that "The New Learning" is a bit dry, but is worthwhile to read. The essay also rambles, and Pound apologizes for that.

3. Explain the two sorts of ideas Pound identifies in "The New Learning."

The two sorts of ideas Pound identifies in "The New Learning" are the following. The one sort are ideas that exist and are discussed within a vacuum, intended be to the mere objects and playthings of the intellect. There are other ideas which guide action and serve as rules of conduct. Pound argues that the men of today are almost exclusively concerned with the latter.

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