The Cantos Discussion Questions

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In many of the middle cantos, Pound focuses on the correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. He is also interested in the establishment of the first and second Banks of the United States, and on how these two early presidents clashed with Alexander Hamilton on economic policy. What was the purpose of the Bank of the U.S.? What were Jefferson's and Adams' opinions of it? What is Pound's opinion?

Beginning in Canto 13, Pound examines the thought of the ancient Chinese philosopher Kung Fu-tse, or Confucius. What are some important Confucian ideas? How has Confucianism influenced Chinese society over the centuries? What is the current Chinese government's attitude toward Confucian thought?

Ezra Pound greatly admired the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini, and Mussolini makes appearances in The Cantos. What was Mussolini's government like? How did he rise to power? What relationship was there between Fascist Italy...

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