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Readings in the Cantos: Volume I$
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Richard Parker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781942954408

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.001.0001

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Cantos 14–15

Cantos 14–15

Chapter:
(p.145) 11 Cantos 14–15
Source:
Readings in the Cantos: Volume I
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Andrew Thacker

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.003.0012

This chapter discusses Cantos 14 and 15 of Ezra Pound's Cantos, which are known as the 'Hell' Cantos. These depict what Pound saw as the state of England immediately after the end of World War One, which he saw as a world dominated by a corrupt press and government. 'Hell' is here filtered through a version of Dante's Inferno, with Pound making the degradation of language and communication central to his vision, employing an extensive use of scatology and offensive imagery to represent London in 1919. The chapter considers the effectiveness of Pound's message, in its use of style and imagery, and the circumstances of the poem's publication in a small deluxe print run.

Keywords:   Ezra Pound, Cantos, Hell, the press, London, Dante

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