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Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. by Andrew Karas. In , Ezra Pound published a slim volume of poems which he called Cathay and which contained, according to its title page, “translations. Cathay has ratings and 24 reviews. Bill said: Who would have guessed that one of the transformative books of modern English poetry would be a slim v.

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For this there s no mood-lofty man over earth s midst, Not though he be given his good, but will have in his youth greed ; Nor his deed to the daring, nor his king to the faithful But shall have his sorrow for sea-fare The Seafarer 25 Whatever his lord will. However, he did have the papers of the great cultural explorer Ernest Fenollosa — which included more or less literal translations of poems by the great T’ Ezra Pound Ezra Pound — had his fingers in opund pies, some of which were hot enough to burn him badly.

Bitter breast-cares have I abided, Known on my keel many a care s hold, And dire sea-surge, and there I oft spent Narrow nightwatch nigh the ship s head While she tossed close to cliffs. This he little believes, who aye in winsome life Abides mid burghers some heavy business, Wealthy and wine-flushed, how I weary oft Must bide above brine.

In the storied houses of San-Ko they gave us more Sennin music, Many instruments, like the sound of young phoenix broods. She lets down crystalline blinds, gazes out through jewel lacework at the autumn moon.

Full text of “Cathay”

Pound admired the clarity and immediacy of ancient Greek lyrics, and imitated them with considerable success. This book is due on the last date stamped below, or on the date to which renewed. Jewel stairs, therefore a palace. Cathay can be read free online at the following link, and it can also be downloaded to Kindle. View all 3 comments.


She is a firm believer that the word “summer” should never be used as a verb, that epic poetry should stage a comeback, and that the perfect date is April 25th, because you only need a light jacket. Preview — Cathay by Ezra Pound.

The Modernist Revision of a Foreign Culture in Ezra Pound’s Cathay

Horses, his horses even, are tired. No trivia or quizzes yet. The Anglo-Saxon Seafarer is of about this period. The eastern pund brings the green colour into the island grasses at Yei-shu, The purple house and the crimson are full of Spring softness.

And there is no end of talking— There is no end of things xathay the heart. The willows of the inn-yard Will be going greener and greener, But you, Sir, had better take wine ere your departure, For you will have no friends about you When yott come to the gates of Go.

Intelligent men came drifting in from the sea and from the west border, And with them, and with you especially There was nothing at cross purpose, And they made nothing of sea-crossing or of mountain crossing, If only they could be of that fellowship, And we all spoke out our hearts and minds, and without regret. And with silver harness and reins of gold, Out come the East of Kan foreman and his company. I HAVE not come to the end of Ernest Fenollosa s notes by a long way, nor is it entirely perplexity that causes me to cease from translation.

What flower has come into blossom?

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And I was still going, late in the year, in the cutting wind from the North, And thinking how little you cared for the cost, and you caring enough to pay it. And you would walk out with me to the western corner of the castle, To the dynastic temple, with water about it clear as blue jade, Exile s Letter 21 With boats floating, and the sound of mouth- organs and drums, With ripples like dragon-scales, going grass green on the water, Pleasure lasting, with courtezans, going and coming without hindrance, With the willow flakes falling like snow, And the vermilioned girls getting drunk about sunset, And the water a hundred feet deep reflecting green eyebrows Eyebrows painted green are a fine sight in young moonlight, Gracefully painted And the girls singing back at each other, Dancing in transparent brocade, And the wind lifting the song, and interrupting it, Tossing it up under the clouds.


Eliot remarked on the nature of the poems, their “robustness”, with Pound’s college friend Williams saying of them “If these were original verses, then Pound was the greatest poet of the day. Sweet trees are on the paved way of the Shin, Their trunks burst through the paving, And freshets are bursting their ice in the midst of Shoku, a proud city Men s fates are already set, There is no need of asking diviners.

Cathay (1915)

And I honestly prefer the clean sparsity of the Chinese poems. The foreman of Kan Chu, drunk, danced because his long sleeves wouldn t keep still With that music-playing.

The Poetic Achievement of Ezra Pound. The bright cloths and bright caps of Shin Are now the base of old hills. And your father, who was brave as a leopard, Was governor in Hei Shu, and put down the bar barian rabble.

Haughty their passing, Haughty their steps as they go into great banquets, To high halls and curious food, To the perfumed air and girls dancing, To clear flutes and clear singing; To the dance of the exra couples; To the mad chase through the gardens. Many critics argue that Cathay should not overshadow the poetic testimony of men who actually experienced the horrors of war.

Why should I climb the look out?

What is the use of talking! A number of them are quite lovely, others less so.