Music in the Poetry of Ezra Pound
Friesner, Scott M., 1954-
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In 1951 Hugh Kenner observed that "there is no great contemporary writer who is less read than Ezra Pound; yet there is none who can over and over again appeal more surely, through 'sheer beauty of language' , to the man who generally would rather talk about poets than read them". Twenty-five years later there seems no better introduction than that of Kenner's. For the aims of this essay are surely linked to Kenner's prefatory notes. The compelling energy remains Pound himself; the drive, and the pleasure of his poetry. Pound, I believe, remains contemporary; and, unfortunately, he remains largely unread or misunderstood. Yet the past decade has introduced renewed scholarly interest, producing many excellent studies on virtually all of Pound's poetry; we are encouraged by the promise of a new, comprehensive annotated index, and by the release of Pound's early, uncollected verse. Yet the attention on Pound is still all too "academic" in the sense that it shall probably continue only in the universities or during the sabbatical. And while the ballast of the Pound scholars have been engaged in demonstrating or articulating the brio of his ouevre's content, we have perhaps slighted the "sheer beauty of the language". Pound, reserved for the specialists, is not taught with "the Moderns"; his connectedness may be mentioned, but his paideuma remains largely untouched.