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Canto VI was first written in 1919. This first version ruled for eleven years: it was published in The Dial (August 1921), Poems 1918-21 (Liveright, 1921) and A Draft of XVI Cantos (Three Mountains Press, 1925). Further, it was reproduced in Ron Bush, Genesis 310-314 and in Ezra Pound’s Poetry and Prose. Contributions to Periodicals III: 175-78.

Pound radically revised this canto for its publication in A Draft of XXX Cantos (Hours Press, 1930). This second version has proved to be permanent and is included without change in all subsequent  volumes of collected Cantos.





  1. Bush, Ron. The Genesis of Ezra Pound’s Cantos. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1976. 214-220; 310-314.
  2. Makin, Peter. Provence & Pound. Berkeley: U of California P, 1978.
  3. Moody, David. Ezra Pound Poet. Volume I: The Young Genius, 1885-1920. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007. 405-406.
  4. Pound, Ezra. Ezra Pound's Poetry and Prose. Contributions to Perodicals. Eds. Lea Baechler, A. Walton Litz, and James Longenbach. New York: Garland, 1991. III: 175-178.
  5. Surette, Leon. A Light from Eleusis. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979. XLibris, 2000. 56-57.




  1. Balagot, Thelma. “A Guide to Ezra Pound’s Cantos (VI).” The Analyst III (December 1953): 1-9.
  2. Casella, Stefano. “Ezra Pound and Cunizza da Romano: Fragments of an Unfinished Epic Poem.” In Ezra Pound and Poetic Influence. Ed. Helen Dennis. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000. 70-87.
  3. Casillo, Robert. “Plastic Demons: The Scapegoating Process in Ezra Pound.” Criticism: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts 26.4 (1984): 371-74. 
  4. Czarnowus, Anna. “Lancelot and Guinevere in the Inter-War Period: The Medievalisms of Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust and Ezra Pound’s Canto VI.” The Medieval Presence in the Modernist Aesthetic: Unattended Moments. Eds. Simone Celine Marshall, and Carole M. Cusack. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017. 152–168. Preview
  5. Philip Grover. “Ezra Pound, Eleanor d’Aquitaine and Her Troubadours.” Ezra Pound: Nature and Myth. Ed. William Pratt. New York: AMS Press, 2002. 67-80.
  6. Neame, Alan, and Christopher Logue. “Commentary: The Sixth Canto of Ezra Pound.” Merlin II.I (Autumn 1952): 104-109.



  1. Bacigalupo, Massimo. “Annotazioni VI.” Ezra Pound XXX Cantos. Parma: Ugo Guanda, 2012. 340-41.
  2. Cookson, William. “The Stone Is Alive in My Hand: Eleanor - Cunizza.In A Guide to the Cantos of Ezra Pound. London: Anvil, 2001. 16-18. 
  3. Davenport, Guy. “Helen.” In Cities on Hills. A Study of I-XXX of Ezra Pound’s Cantos. Epping: Bowker, 1983. 145-50.
  4. De Rachewiltz, Mary and Maria Ardizzone. “Commento: VI.” Ezra Pound I Cantos. A cura di Mary de Rachewiltz. [Bilingual English-Italian edition]. Milano: Mondadori, 1985. 1508.
  5. Dennis, Helen. A New Approach to the Poetry of Ezra Pound Through the Medieval Provençal Aspect. Lewiston: The Edwin Mellen Pres, 1996. 368-73.
  6. Flory, Wendy. Ezra Pound and The Cantos: A Record of Struggle. New Haven: Yale UP, 1980. 120; 292-293.
  7. Ickstadt, Heinz und Eva Hesse. “Anmerkungen und Kommentar: Canto VI.” Ezra Pound. Die Cantos. Tr. by Eva Hesse and Manfred Pfister. Eds. Manfred Pfister and Heinz Ickstadt. Zurich: Arche Literatur Verlag, 2013. 1201-2.
  8. Kenner, Hugh. The Pound Era. London: Faber, 1971. 339.
  9. Liebregts, Peter. Ezra Pound and Neoplatonism. Madison: Farley Dickinson, 2004. 151-52.
  10. Makin, Peter. Provence & Pound. Berkeley: U of California P, 1978. 73-216; 261-408. 
  11. Pearlman, Daniel. The Barb of Time. On the Unity of Ezra Pound’s Cantos. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1969. 70.
  12. Sicari, Stephen. “IV-VII.”  Pound’s Epic Ambition. Dante and the Modern World. New York: SUNY Press, 1991. 27-35.
  13. Terrell, Carroll F. Canto VI. A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound. Berkeley: U of California P, 1993. 22-27.



  1. “Canto VI.” A Canto a Day. Blog, 19 January 2009. Accessed 4 August 2018. Free online.
  2. Bressan, Eloisa. Canto VI. In Il Vortice Greco-Provenzale nell’inferno de I Cantos. MA Thesis. U di Padova, 2012. 162-203. Free online.
  3. Gilbert, W. Stephen. “Pound and Provence: The Sense of Place in The Cantos.” Sincronia. A Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Winter 2009). Accessed 24 January 2018. Free online.
  4. Guidi, Paolo. “Canto V.” The Cantos of Ezra Pound. Etching series. 15 September 2012. Accessed 4 August 2018. Free online.
  5. Sellar, Gordon. Blogging the Cantos. Canto VI and VII. Blog, 3 April 2012.  Gord Sellar


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