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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 35

Canto 35

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(p.273) 21 Canto 35
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Readings in the Cantos: Volume I
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Richard Parker

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.003.0022

In this chapter I address Ezra Pound’s Canto 35, exploring its relation to and discussion of “Mitteleuropa”. The Canto is profoundly ambivalent throughout, making it hard to discern Pound’s attitude towards this complex region. I argue that this ambivalence is a part of the poetics of this piece and reflects Pound’s conception of the region. The poet’s use of material derived from the anecdotes of his friends is also key to this poetics, and I analyse various uses of material found in this way, exploring the ramifications for the poem and Pound’s understanding of this familial method.

Keywords:   Modernism, Mitteleuropa, Anti-Semitism, Louis Zukofsky, Tibor Serly, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Henry Miller

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