By Ezra Pound
This crucial paintings, first released in 1934, is a concise assertion of Pound’s aesthetic conception. it's a primer for the reader who desires to hold an lively, serious brain and turn into more and more delicate to the sweetness and concept of the world’s most sensible literature. With attribute power and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with indicates meticulously selected from the classics, and the concluding “Treatise on Meter” offers an illuminating essay for a person meaning to learn and write poetry. ABC of Reading screens Pound’s nice skill to open new avenues in literature for our time.
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AES. and EUR. It's freed. DIO. Yes, again it's his scale sinking, he placed Death in, the heaviest bane of all. EUR. And I, Persuasion. My saying's a masterpiece. DIO. Persuasion's an airy, irrational kind of thing. Go, search for something else, one of your heavyweights, something to draw your scale down, brawny and big. EUR. Let's see ... Where, oh where, have I such a line? DlO. '1 J400 Speak on, please, both of you. This is your last round. EUR. ' AES. ' DlO. He's thoroughly tricked you once again.
Readers of my translation should not, in the act of reading, try to work out the metrical patterns. My hope is that if they go ahead, as naturally as they would in reading the morning paper, most of the metrical patterns will assert themselves. Some of the patterns are not foreign to English poetry; and among that number is one which is well worth reproducing both because of its recurrence n, ARISTOPHANES, FROGS 15 in the Frogs and because Euripides, at one point, is criticized for a fault in his use of it.
2 £OR. Have you no heart? Will you really shrug me off, dead? DIO. 'Who knows? Perhaps to be alive is death'3 (Improvising equal nonsense) and breath our bread and sleep a fleecy nap. 1481 PLU. Go in then, Dionysus, you and he. DIO. Why so? PLU. You'll be my guests before you sail. DIO. That's fine, god bless me, fine! I don't mind if I do. S. I From Aeolus. • Again from Aeolus, with one word-change, viz. 'audience' for 'doers'. 3 Euripidcs Polyidus; ef. 1082. 2 PLATO Plato's discussions of poetry and rhetoric are numerous and have often been studied.
ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound