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CANTO XXVIII

 

 

 

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“TRANSPORTATION is civilisation.” Whatever literary precocity may have led people to object to Kipling, or to “the later Kipling” as art, there is meat in this sentence from “The Night Mail.” It is about the last word in the matter. Whatever interferes with the “traffic and all that it implies” is evil: A tunnel is worth more than a dynasty.

Ezra Pound. “Provincialism the Enemy” IV [August 1917] Poetry & Prose II: 251.

 

The history of the world is the history of temperaments in opposition. A sane historian will recognize this, a sane sociologist will recognise the value of “temperament.” I am not afraid to use a word made ridiculous by its association with freaks and Bohemians. France and England are civilisation, and they are civilization because they, more than other nations, do recognise such diversity. Modern civilisation comes out of Italy, out of renaissance Italy, the first nation which broke away from Aquinian dogmatism; and proclaimed the individual; respected the personality. That enlightenment still gleams in the common Italian’s “Cosi son io” when asked for the cause of his acts.

Ezra Pound. “Provincialism the Enemy” III [August 1917] Poetry & Prose II: 235.

 

RELATED CANTOS

CANTO I [voyage to the world of the dead]

CANTO XXIV [Niccolò d’Este’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem]

CANTO XL [Hanno the Navigator’s voyage to West Africa]

 


 

 

CANTO XXVIII 

 

 

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Canto XXVIII in A Draft of XXX Cantos. Paris: Hours Press, 1930. Capitals by Dorothy Pound. 

 

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Ezra Pound and Dorothy Pound. Canto XXIX. In Shakespear’s Pound: Illuminated Cantos

Nacogdoches, TX: LaNana Creek Press, [Brookfield: Ashgate Publishing], 1999.

Photo reproduction courtesy of Walter Baumann.

  


 

 

XXVIII – BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

 

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ARTICLES IN JOURNALS AND COLLECTIONS

  1. Baumann, Walter. “‘... and Elsie / Blackeyed Bitch.’ Aviation Pioneers in The Cantos. Roses in the Steel Dust. Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 2000. 235-46. 
  2. Marsh, Alec. “Thaddeus Coleman Pound’s ‘Newspaper Scrapbook’ as a Source for the Cantos.” Paideuma: A Journal Devoted to Ezra Pound Scholarship 24.2-3 (1995): 163-93.
  3. Wilhelm, James J. “The Letters of William Brooke Smith to Ezra Pound.” Paideuma: A Journal Devoted to Ezra Pound Scholarship 19.1-2 (1990): 163-8.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS AND SECTIONS

  1. Bacigalupo, Massimo. “Annotazioni XXVIII.” Ezra Pound XXX Cantos. Parma: Ugo Guanda, 2012. 350-51.
  2. Cookson, William. “Nos jours.” A Guide to The Cantos of Ezra Pound. London: Anvil, 2001. 43-44.
  3. Davenport, Guy. “The Ligneous Ambassadors.” In Cities on Hills. A Study of I-XXX of Ezra Pound’s Cantos. Epping: Bowker, 1983. 241-43.
  4. De Rachewiltz, Mary and Maria Ardizzone. “Commento. XXVIII [Nos jours].” Ezra Pound I Cantos. A cura di Mary de Rachewiltz. [Bilingual English-Italian edition]. Milano: Mondadori, 1985. 1518-19.
  5. Jones, Chris. Strange Likeness. The Use of Old English in Twentieth-Century Poetry. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2006. 59-61.
  6. Mandel, Oscar. Fundamentals of the Art of Poetry. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. 140-42.
  7. Moody, David A. Ezra Pound: Poet. A Portrait of the Man & His Work. Volume I: The Young Genius 1885-1920. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007. 395.
  8. Stock, Noel. Ezra Pound’s Pennsylvania. Compiled for the most part from Mr Carl Gatter’s research into original sources and documents. Toledo OH: Friends of the University of Toledo Libraries, 1976.
  9. Surette, Leon. A Light from Eleusis: A Study of Ezra Pound’s Cantos. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979. 93-94.
  10. Terrell, Carroll F. “Canto XXVIII.” A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound. Berkeley: California UP, 1993. 111-14.

 

DIGITAL RESOURCES

  1. “Canto XXVIII.” A Canto a Day. Blog, 25 February 2009. Accessed 20 July 2018. Free online
  2. Guidi, Paolo. “Canto XXVIII.” The Cantos of Ezra Pound. Etching series. 11 October 2012. Accessed 15 July 2018. Free online. 
  3. Sellar, Gord. “Blogging Pound's The Cantos: Canto XXVIII-XXX.” gordsellar.com, 4 July 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 2015.Free online.

 

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A Draft of XXX Cantos

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