Ezra Pound's Early Verse and Lyric Tradition: A Jargoner's Apprenticeship

Ezra Pound's Early Verse and Lyric Tradition: A Jargoner's Apprenticeship

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Traces the lyricism and musicality in Pound's early verse through to his radical Modernist style. Robert Stark argues that Pound learned how to write poetry more or less as if it was a foreign tongue - or poetic 'jargon' - with a unique lexicon, grammar, and even morphology, and that his most innovative poetry is the result of his ambivalent orientation towards different European literary traditions.Stark contextualizes Pound's poetic craft by examining his relationship to the Mediaeval and Classical originators of the methods he employs and by considering the practice and criticism of his immediate Victorian and Romantic predecessors. He explores the influence of poets such as Francois Villon, Guido Cavalcanti, Robert Burns, Robert Browning, Algernon Charles Swinburne and Walt Whitman on Pound's lyrical style. For Stark, Pound's multi-vocalism arises out of his interest in dialect and the acoustic qualities of speech which leads to a 'modern' barbarous language marked by polysemy and heterogeneity.... from this strangeness, which forces the hearer or reader to grapple with its powerful acoustic and rhythmia€” cal qualities. ... Pound emphasised this aspect of the poem in his remarks on it in a#39;I Gather the Limbs of Osirisa#39;, claiming to have a#39; given ... Campbell finds an exponentially greater proportion of poeticisms in the first thirtya€”eight lines than in the last sixty, which ... or one for each 1.9 lines; 18 exclusively poetic words; 13 hapex legomenaa#39;, as well as no exclusively prosaic words.

Title:Ezra Pound's Early Verse and Lyric Tradition: A Jargoner's Apprenticeship
Author: Robert Stark
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press - 2012-10-15

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