Is politics important in poetry? The new biography explores Ezra pound’s case.
In the winter of 1949, a group of judges, including the poets TS Eliot and Robert Lowell, formed a winner named the bolingen award, which published the best poetry collection in the United States last year. They gave The prize to Ezra Pound’s collection “The Pisan Cantos”. And then all hell breaks out.
Pound wrote “The Pisan Cantos” in a prison in Italy in 1945. He has been accused of treason in more than 200 radio broadcasts from Rome during world war ii. He supports Mussolini and Hitler, the world’s jewish conspiracy.
In the Washington, d.c., trial of treason in 1945, pound was severely punished for his neurasthenia because his doctors judged him “unfit” for trial.
That’s why, four years later, when the pound won the Bollingen award, he was living at st. Elizabeth’s hospital, a government facility for the mentally ill in c. The New York times’s disparaging title for the award is “pound, in a mental hospital, winning the rebel poetry prize”.
Elliot and the committee insist that only “poetic achievement” is essential. Pound himself prepared a vague acceptance statement with “no comment from bughouse”.
Literary critics, Daniel Swift (Daniel Swift) provocative and universality of The wealthy in his as “buck house” (The Bughouse), recorded The pound of his madness and The question of whether political issues related to his poetry. Adventure in other research, swift in abandoned st. Elizabeth hospital hallway, into files, have dinner together with the new fascist Italy, the new fascist fear of Ezra pound, and traveled to Italy’s castle to visit pound of more than 90 year old daughter.
If swift even took out the book last year, its subject might seem scholarly. But considering the Harvey weinstein, Roy Moore, Kevin sent west, Alan franken, Louis cage, the story of Charlie rose and others, all in all, about the man’s behavior and the behavior how to affect their reputation, in some cases, their art – all of a sudden, pound political story has new meaning and his prejudice.
If you know any of pound’s business, you probably know his signature modernist mantra: “make it new.” The sordid events of the past few months have given pound’s long-term behaviour another question.
Swift is a watchful and eloquent guide, not only through the troubled poetry jungle of pound, but also through the treatment of mental illness in the 20th century. Swift inspection records, conversation and pound’s poetry, looking for evidence of madness – some detractors think he is a fake, especially when he started during their stay in 12 years on the lawn next to the st. Elizabeth seminar for literature.
Pound’s radio was more obscure. His message was clear on the Rome broadcast in April 1943. “If you can do this through the right legal process, I think it would be good to put Roosevelt and hundreds of well-meaning people up,” said pound.
Swift, on the basis of other scholars’ work, points out that pound, even though he is in st Elizabeth, anonymously contributes about 200 far-right journals and newspapers. Ms. Swift, many of them, said that pound believed the reasons for eugenics and condemned the abolition of apartheid as “a big deal made by jews”.
So, suppose we do this, how do we read and think about pound pound? Swift tried to maintain all of pound’s contradictions and resist the final ruling. However, the court was eventually forced to strike a deal.
The pound was released from st. Elizabeth in 1958. The judge ruled that pound had been mad and his condition was incurable. As swift said, this judgment “digs out” Ezra pound’s radio and all his poems “went crazy”.
Whether you think this sentence is a funny or good strip or other things, I promise, cloth courtyard that will allow you to think more deeply the relationship between an artist’s life and work, even the old problems about moral responsibility.