ABC of Reading

ABC of Reading This important work first published in is a concise statement of Pound s aesthetic theory With characteristic vigor and iconoclasm Pound illustrates his precepts with exhibits meticulously cho

This important work, first published in 1934, is a concise statement of Pound s aesthetic theory With characteristic vigor and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with exhibits meticulously chosen from the classics, and the concluding Treatise on Meter provides an illuminating essay for anyone aspiring to read and write poetry The ABC of Reading emphasizes PoundThis important work, first published in 1934, is a concise statement of Pound s aesthetic theory With characteristic vigor and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with exhibits meticulously chosen from the classics, and the concluding Treatise on Meter provides an illuminating essay for anyone aspiring to read and write poetry The ABC of Reading emphasizes Pound s ability to discover neglected and unknown genius, distinguish originals from imitations, and open new avenues in literature for our time.

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ABC of Reading

  1. Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early to mid 20th century poetry.Pound s The Cantos contains music and bears a title that could be translated as The Songs although it never is Pound s ear was tuned to the motz et sons of troubadour poetry where, as musicologist John Stevens has noted, melody and poem existed in a state of the closest symbiosis, obeying the same laws and striving in their different media for the same sound ideal armonia In his essays, Pound wrote of rhythm as the hardest quality of a man s style to counterfeit He challenged young poets to train their ear with translation work to learn how the choice of words and the movement of the words combined But having translated texts from 10 different languages into English, Pound found that translation did not always serve the poetry The grand bogies for young men who want really to learn strophe writing are Catullus and Fran ois Villon I personally have been reduced to setting them to music as I cannot translate them While he habitually wrote out verse rhythms as musical lines, Pound did not set his own poetry to music.

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  1. Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.I don t know what the hell I m doing This was something I started to read in the bookstore because I happened to pick it up I had been looking for something else Mostly I didn t want to go home that day and I had read quite a bit of it already So after reading most of it in the store jumping around here and there, pulling on my ear reflexively I may as well have bought it So I bought it Cha ching.There were ti [...]

  2. A passionate, rambling introduction to poetry One easily imagines Pound as a manic tenured professor, standing on top of his desk, and haranguing the students to follow his lead, but remain independent and critical lovers of poetry.His standards are maddening One must learn several languages in order to begin French, Italian, Latin, have a grasp of Chinese One must read so many contemporaries He also includes a massive reading list and some exercises at the end e.g Let the pupil write a descript [...]

  3. At the outset, it s important to note that Mr Pound offers ABC of Reading as a text book that can also be read for pleasure as well as profit by those no longer in school by those who have not been to school or by those who in their college days suffered those things which most of my own generation suffered.We re all duly welcomed to Mr Pound s class However, once the door is shut, he throws gut bucket criticism at snobbishness, poor preparation, and laziness especially targeting the teacher who [...]

  4. The committed student needs to be wide awake, to look and listen closely, to slow down, scrutinize and reflect The language of poetry is so dense, so multivalent, that it demands a concentrated act of attention and offers its greatest rewards only to those who reread.Predictably didactic and teeming with bombast, this is a sound primer to poetry and an illuminating insight into the turns and shifts Pound was making as the 1930s released a greasy slip into global catastrophe Intriguing as Cranky [...]

  5. Classic I kind of love how it feels like he s yelling at you, with his fondness for caps and italics Much wisdom and strong opinion to be found here makes me want to work hard, read Homer in ancient Greek, etc Music rots when it gets too far from the dance Poetry atrophies when it gets too far from music.There are three kinds of melopoeia, that is, verse made to sing to chant or intone and to speak.The older one gets the one believes in the first And it is my firm conviction that a man can lear [...]

  6. Contains an advocacy of Chaucer vehement than I ever heard from the professional Middle Englishers at college You would not be far out if you chose to consider Chaucer as the father of litterae humaniores for Europe Huh The appreciations of Gavin Douglas, Golding and Fielding also caught my mind After that, nothing much surprising Shakespeare isn t a dietyMilton was a blockhead is VERY important to know Dante and CavalcantiEnglish poetry after Browning is a limp, hazy decadence some point in hi [...]

  7. Despite the pretentious name, this is not really a reading guide per se, of a poetry appreciation guide Especially for the first few chapters, where he preaches what he considers to be the canon of poetry classics The final chapters feature a family tree of poetic samples that illustrate EP s points about writing poetry There are some dull, pedantic areas of the text, but overall it s a very enlightening read.Assuming that most readers will be multilingual is a stretch, yet Pound spends time ea [...]

  8. Absolute punk rock book of insights, raves, rants, condemnations, fury and exquisite heft I really enjoyed his puckish, piquant, I m Ezra Pound and you re not kinda vibe Literature is news that STAYS news.absolutely gaddamn right.What I always find is the catch with books like this is that inevitably the writer starts to hymn works which the reader hasn t read or doesn t know thoroughly enough to be able to benefit from the insight Pound falls victim to that here, albeit willingly I had it at fo [...]

  9. A primeira parte consiste em observa es que um leitor mais atento e voraz aprende lendo, a segunda parte mais proveitosa por dar exemplos pr ticos da evolu o da poesia em ingl s com coment rios pertinentes de Pound, com o por m que sou completamente uma nega o em decifrar a linguagem dos poemas isabelinos, o que nos leva diretamente terceira parte onde tais poemas s o felizmente traduzidos na vers o brasileira pelos irm os Campos e D cio Pignatari.

  10. Pound loves to quote himself like Cocteau, Etonnez moi surprise me is the order of the day to ensure that words are charged with meaning with logo melo phano poetic roots growing deep underneath 42 phanopoeia throwing a visual image on the mind Melopoeia melodic invention Charge words with sound 37 relationships, etymologies, etc The way to learn the music of verse is to listen to it 56 Language and thought spoken or written, is about articulating and communicating Literature is news that STAYS [...]

  11. Mount Parnassus in Greek mythology is a mountain in central Greece where the Muses lived it is known as the mythological home of music and poetry The ABC of Reading is Ezra Pound s iconoclastic view of stages on the way to Parnassus to knowing the nature and meaning of literature Pound was there at the beginning of the Modernist movement in literature In fact one could argue that he invented it and he both discovered and encouraged fellow writers, T S Eliot is a prominent example, to persevere a [...]

  12. Ezra pound s cryptic, and often arrogant pamphlet about the principles of successful poetry is an interesting insight into the quality of the artist as a learned reader of classical poetry in the lyric form primarily Pound does not value any critics who have not produced works of literature themselves, and he promotes individual taste above all else Never the less, he establishes a basic canon of great lyric poetry, including above all else Shakespeare, Homer, Chaucer, and Dante Pound does not b [...]

  13. This little volume was meant as a guide to students and teachers for how to read literature, poems and novels, in order to, by extension, write literature He puts in a few interesting exercises on how students should do peer critiques to weed out excess language He also has compiled a meandering list of required reading for the serious reader Mmm, I must not be a serious student of literature Because I sure do enjoy contemporary dross now and again I was thinking that reading this book might be [...]

  14. I give this a 5 because I think this is what Pound was meant to do teach and be a critic I m not crazy about his poems at all There are some ridiculous demands in this book like learning several foreign languages but overall there s a ton of excellent insights I especially like what he wrote about Chinese ideograms As with most craft books, this one is meant to teach a person how to read, not write.

  15. A people that grows accustomed to sloppy writing is a people in process of losing grip on its empire and on itself And this looseness and blowsiness is not anything as simple and scandalous as abrupt and disordered syntax It concerns the relation of expression to meaning Abrupt and disordered syntax can be at times very honest, and an elaborately constructed sentence can be at times an elaborate camouflage Ezra Pound in A B C of Reading

  16. Me re bastante con el bueno de Ezra La verdad es que el g nero manual le queda muy chico Le agradecemos el tono y la intenci n pero tras leer esto solo reconfirmo que tengo que volver a los Cantos Am algunos de los poemas citados, investigar a posteriori.

  17. You are kicked out of every institution, but you still can get a good introduction to literature via Ezra Pound and this book I read it as a teenager at the right time and right place Maybe it will happen to you as well.

  18. ABC da Literatura, de Ezra Pound, aquele tipo de obra soco no est mago Dif cil n o ser atingindo pelos coment rios provocativos e pontuais do autor, que p e o leitor em constante situa o de desconforto, desafiando o sempre em sua pris o de conformismos intelectuais Pound, devido sua qualidade po tica, capaz de um distanciamento da pieguice e do choro nost lgico que habita o desimagin rio comum conservador Opta, ao inv s do choro, por um caminho de pugilista, onde cada cap tulo torna se um verdad [...]

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  20. It is perhaps the ellipsis of things thought through and taken for granted that lends Pound s writings about writing their didactic tone It also tends to leave me wanting not necessarily in a good way, because I have come to realize that they are not being hidden in some other book unless one counts The Cantos, where it all is, in some form or another , they simply haven t been written down In some ways, this is self denigration rather than simple belligerence Pound would rather we go to the so [...]

  21. I moved halfway across the country with 2000 books , so I m a little behind on my reading I jumped back into the fray with the greatest poetic mind of the last Century Pity he was a fascistThis is Ezra Pound s textbook manifesto for reading poetry He attempts to give the reader a foundation to work from, and it s really fantastic His vitriol against Milton is amazing, and he introduced me to several poets I didn t know and made me reconsider my feelings towards Donne.The glories of Homer, Chauce [...]

  22. I won t compile all the interesting or not aspects that made the ABC of Reading a pertinent book I d rather say this, and only this Pound is acid, truthful and well versed in his several aphorisms, many of which made me close the book and dwell a bit further in what he had just said He clearly knows his business and gives us fair bits of advice, the most powerful being his approximation of poetry to the music, in pretty much all of its elements I personally believe that that is beautiful and tru [...]

  23. This classic work of literary criticism was very amusing to me, with its draconian pronouncements and caustic contempt for the sub literate and sloppy Pound has very strong likes and dislikes, and while his enthusiasms are often eccentric Walter Savage Landor Fitzgerald s translation of Rubaiyat , the energy and certainty with which he trumpets them are refreshing There s a critical worldview in there somewhere, albeit one based on aphorism and epigram rather than systematic analysis.

  24. Awesome book I m not a big fan of Pound s very dense work of poetry, but these essays explain his philosophies on poetics on several levels and offer points to back up what he is saying from a cultural and language perspective This book greatly improved my own sensibilities.

  25. I wish this book was taught to all high school students Pound walks the reader through the critical process and teaches the fundamentals of accessing difficult texts If only I had read this when I was younger it would have saved me so much time.

  26. Buku yang sungguh sungguh menyenangkan Saya selalu suka dengan buku yang secara komprehensif memulai sesuatu dari yang paling dasar Di satu sesi buku ini misalnya, memulai penjelasannya dengan pertanyaan what is literature Buku ini akan saya jadikan salah satu pedoman untuk menulis, membaca, dan membahas puisi.

  27. I m a lover of literature, but have never cared for poetry Through use of history, etymology and aesthetics the author has given me a deeper appreciation for poetry, language and communication in general.I didn t care for most of the poetry he references in this book, but everything else is gold.

  28. Pound is grouchy, idiosyncratic and demanding He is also brilliant, accomplished and enormously influential in poetry and quite a good prose writer to boot On the whole, I think this makes ABC of Reading well worth your time if you re at all interested in Pound s introduction to poetry.

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