The Calendars of Composition follow mentions about the cantos in Pound’s letters and interviews, seeking to establish more accurate dates of composition and include his various assertions about individual poems around the time they were written and published. They also include what the editors consider to be indications of Pound’s relevant reading, roots and sources of poetic ideas, as well as echoes and reverberations of a canto, be they in subsequent translations, revisions in later publication, or details of third parties’ editing.

The Calendar for Three Cantos traces the emergence of Pound’s desire to write a long poem – from vague wish and youthful dream to the final reworking of cantos I-III in 1923.



Correspondence by Ezra Pound: (c) Mary de Rachewiltz and the Estate of Omar S. Pound. Reproduced by permission.



A “Annals.” Variorum Edition of Three Cantos. A Prototype. Ed. Richard Taylor. Bayreuth: Boomerang, 1991.
G-B Ezra Pound. A Memoir to Gaudier-Brzeska. 1916. New York: New Directions, 1970.
L/ACH The Letters of Ezra Pound to Alice Corbin Henderson. Ed. Ira Nadel. Austin: U of Texas Press, 1993.
L/DS Ezra Pound and Dorothy Shakespear: Their Letters 1909-14. Eds. Omar Pound and A. Walton Litz. New York: New Directions, 1984.
L/HP Ezra Pound to His Parents – Letters 1895-1929. Eds. Mary de Rachewiltz, A. David Moody and Joanna Moody. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2011.
L/JJ Pound/Joyce: The Letters of Ezra Pound to James Joyce, with Pound's Critical Essays and Articles About Joyce. 1967. Ed. Forrest Read. New York: New Directions, 1970.
L/JQ The Selected Letters of Ezra Pound to John Quinn 1915-1924. Ed. Timothy Materer. Durham NC: Duke UP, 1991.
L/LR Pound/The Little Review. The Letters of Ezra Pound to Margaret Anderson: The Little Review Correspondence. Ed. Thomas L. Scott and Melvin J. Friedman, with the assistance of Jackson R. Bryer. New York: New Directions, 1988.
P&P Ezra Pound’s Poetry and Prose. Eds. Lea Baechler, A. Walton Litz and J. Longenbach. New York: Garland, 1991.
P&T Ezra Pound Poems and Translations. Ed. Richard Sieburth. New York: Library of America, 2003.
SL Selected Letters 1907-1945. Ed. D. D. Paige. 1950. New York: New Directions, 1971.


Editorial note:

The Calendars in The Cantos Project are a work in progress and contain selected information from printed and archival sources. The layout, spelling, and punctuation have been reproduced according to the original source. No normalization of spelling or standardization of editorial conventions has been attempted (Roxana Preda).


Cantos in periodicals

A Draft of XXX Cantos

Eleven New Cantos

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The Fifth Decad

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