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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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Canto 29

Canto 29

(p.237) 18 Canto 29
Readings in the Cantos: Volume I

Alex Pestell

Liverpool University Press

My paper reads Canto 29 as a poem informed by Pound’s life in the early 1920s, a time when he was getting to grips with revolutions in his understanding both of economic and sexual values. The canto’s satire on contemporary bourgeois life seems to undercut some of the metaphysical themes upon which Pound relied elsewhere in the epic, and this ambivalence extends to his treatment of women, seen both as enabling channels of intellectual value, and as potential obstructors of Pound’s generative virtù. This essay considers some of the symptoms of Pound’s attempt to get to grips with this new configuration of values, with particular focus on his shifting attitudes to Neoplatonism and sexual politics.

Keywords:   Neoplatonism, metaphysics, women, mysticism, value, sex, octopus

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