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Ezra Pound – the fascist years

A review of Ezra Pound: Poet, Volume II: The Epic Years, by A. David Moody. This was also the period in which the controversial poet talked himself into madness

18 October 2014

9:00 AM

18 October 2014

9:00 AM

Ezra Pound: Poet, Volume II: The Epic Years A. David Moody

OUP, pp.421, £25

‘There are the Alps. What is there to say about them?/ They don’t make sense. Fatal glaciers, crags cranks climb, /Jumbled boulder and weed’, was Basil Bunting’s 1949 opinion of Pound’s Cantos; but as the sometime friend of Pound continued: ‘There they are, you will have to go a long way round / If you want to avoid them.

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