By Ezra Pound
This significant paintings, first released in 1934, is a concise assertion of Pound’s aesthetic idea. it's a primer for the reader who desires to continue an lively, serious brain and turn into more and more delicate to the wonder and suggestion of the world’s most sensible literature. With attribute energy and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with shows meticulously selected from the classics, and the concluding “Treatise on Meter” offers an illuminating essay for a person meaning to learn and write poetry. ABC of examining monitors Pound’s nice skill to open new avenues in literature for our time.
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II inducing emotional correlations by the sound and rhythm of the speech. III inducing both of the effects by stimulating the associations (intellectual or emotional) that have remained in the receiver's consciousness in relation to the actual words or word groups employed. (phanopoeia, melopoeia, logopoeia) Incompetence will show in the use of too many words. The reader's first and simplest test of an author will be to look for words that do not function; that contribute nothing to the meaning OR that distract from the MOST important factor of the meaning to factors of minor impor· tance.
It is unfair to a dramatist to consider hia 46 WORDS, or even his words and versification, as if that were the plenum of his performance. Taken as READING MATTER, I do NOT believe that the Greek dramatists are up to Homer. Even Aeschylus is rhetorical. , are not necessary to our understanding of the subject. SAPPHO I HAVE put the great name on the list, because of antiquity and because there is really so little left that one may as well read it as omit it. Having read it, you will he told there is nothing better.
The proper antagonist is Dante, who is of equal size and DIFFERENT. To study Shakespeare's language merely in comparison with the DECADENCE of the same thing doesn't give one's mind any leverage. There is Shakespearian song. There is the language made to be SPOKEN, perhaps even to be ranted. 59 Felix Schelling has evolved or quoted the theory that Shakespeare wanted to be a poet, but that when he couldn't make a career of it, he took to writing stage plays, not altogether liking the form. If the student can't measure Shakespeare against Dante, the next alternative is possibly to measure his language against the prose manifestation of Voltaire, Stendhal, Flaubert, or of Fielding-if you cannot read French.