Readings in the Cantos

BookReadings in the Cantos

Readings in the Cantos

Volume 2

Clemson University Press: The Ezra Pound Center for Literature Book Series, 5


June 1st, 2022





This project offers readings of selected individual Cantos from The Cantos of Ezra Pound provided by renowned Poundians. It is designed to be useful for those new to Pound’s epic modernist poem, with each “reading” providing a clear, detailed explanation of Pound’s often complicated poetics and fields of reference. The project will form the most complete resource on The Cantos since Carroll F. Terrell’s A Companion to the Cantos of Ezra Pound, adding developed prose readings to the source-hunting of Terrell’s project. As well as guiding the new reader, however, these essays also offer individual and often original approaches to the poetry in question, providing a wealth of critical material for those already familiar with The Cantos and pursuing the works of Pound in more depth. The variety in approaches and reading methods displayed here offers numerous strategies for readers of Pound and for readers of modernism in general. This is the second volume of three, and describes 27 Cantos in 22 essays, focusing on work published between 1937 and 1948. The final volume will deal with Cantos published between 1956 and 1969, while the first volume addresses work published between 1917 and 1934.

Author Information

Richard Parker is an academic, editor and poet. He teaches English and American literature at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He has written a series of critical prose on twentieth-century poetry, with a particular emphasis on American modernism and the New American Poetry. He has edited two volumes of essays on Ezra Pound and is currently working on a monograph on the modernists during the 1960s. He is also working on sports literature, the history of the book and numerous other topics.