Inspired by the city of Venice, this collection draws together essays and poems commemorating the beginning and end of Ezra Pound’s poetic career—starting in 1908, when Pound chose Venice for his first home abroad and published there his first book of poems, and ending in 1972, with Pound’s death and burial in Venice, his simple grave now a place of literary pilgrimage.
Among the topics covered are biographical accounts of Pound’s life in Italy, new criticism of his earliest poems and his later Cantos—many of them filled with Venetian images—and essays on his legacy and literary associations, especially with Ernest Hemingway and James Laughlin.
Recent poems by eight poets paying tribute to Pound round out the volume. Contributed by scholars and poets from around the world, these pieces reflect today’s growing international interest in Pound.
Preface by the Editors
I. Pound in Venice
1. Tim Redman, “Mussolini’s First Years and Last Months: What Did Pound Know about Il Duce’s Beginning and End?”
2. David Barnes, “‘Ct/Volpe’s Neck’: Re-approaching Pound’s Venice in the Fascist Context”
3. Massimo Bacigalupo, “City vs. Country in Pound: Venice, Fortuna, and John Law”
4. Anne Conover, “Deliverance! Ezra Pound’s Last Days”
II. Pound’s Poetry
5. Réka Mihálka, “Appropriated Orientation: Whistler and Pound”
6. Peter Liebregts, “‘Bricks thought into being ex nihil’: Ezra Pound and Creation”
7. Helen May Dennis, “Primitivism in Poundian Poetics: The Modernist Quest for Ancient Wisdom”
8. Peter Nicholls, “Beginning the End: Ezra Pound and the Poetics of Survival”
9. Robert Rehder, “The End of The Cantos”
III. Pound’s Legacy
10. William Pratt, “Beyond Modernism: Pound as Vatic Poet”
11. H. R. Stoneback, “‘I Would . . . Be Hanged with You’: Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound”
12. Ian S. MacNiven, “Poetry and/or Publishing: Pound, Stein, and the Evolution of James Laughlin’s New Directions”
13. Peggy L. Fox, “Mission Impossible: James Laughlin, Ezra Pound, and the Founding of New Directions”
IV. Poems in Honor of Pound
Patrizia de Rachewiltz, “Summer, 1958”
Robert Rehder, “Entropy”
Robert Rehder, “The Surface of the Water”
Biljana D. Obradović, “Lunch in Venice”
Biljana D. Obradović, “Evening Light”
Hoshang Merchant, “Tagore Meets Pound VIII”
Kevin Kiely, “Mary Pound de Rachewiltz”
John Gery, “Il Redentore”
John Gery, “Miracoli”
H. R. Stoneback, From “For EP: In Our Time”
Mary de Rachewiltz, “I Was There”
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Ezra Pound Conference (22nd : 2007 : Venice, Italy)
Ezra Pound, ends and beginnings : essays and poems from the Ezra Pound International Conference Venice, 2007 / edited by John Gery and William
p. cm. — (AMS studies in modern literature, ISSN 0270-2983 ; 30)
(New essays in Ezra Pound and his world ; 1)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-404-65530-3 (cloth : acid-free paper)
1. Pound, Ezra, 1885–1972—Criticism and interpretation—Congresses.
I. Gery, John.
II. Pratt, William, 1927–