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Chapter 14 - Late Cantos, ‘Aesopian Language’, States’ Rights and John Randolph of Roanoke

from Part III - Culture and Politics

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 October 2019

Mark Byron
Affiliation:
University of Sydney
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Summary

In the summer of 1952, Ezra Pound told Guy Davenport that ‘the poet looks forward to what’s coming next in the poem’, as though the poem, not the poet, dictated the work. One way of interpreting this Delphic remark is to suppose that Pound meant pending events, whether in the poet’s head or out in the world, would determine the content of the later Cantos. Noel Stock called the late cantos ‘the diary of a mind’; therefore they inevitably comment on current events.

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