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Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 29 Jul 1999 10:35:49 EDT
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Joe Brennan <[log in to unmask]>
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In a message dated 7/29/99 10:08:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
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 Sojourners, your three-liner seems intended as a deadly put-down of all
 Pound's life and work, and all who are in any way interested in him, in
 one blow, yes? As you'll know if you've scanned the archive of this list,
 or followed it at all with any sincerity, there's been quite a lot of
 discussion which has been critical of Pound over the years - rather more
 articulate than yours, to be sure, but stuff which you should be able to
 relate to, unless you're just mouthing off. I've no idea to what extent
 you've read Pound in any depth - maybe you were forced to study him at an
 early age, maybe you just tried it in a bookstore and found it too hard
 for you - you wouldn't be the first in either case - but tell me: what's
 your considered and informed reading, coming where it does in the man's
 work, of the part-line:
 And that the truth is in kindness.
 I think what got up the noses of various listmembers - myself included -
 was your rudeness in dropping your unsigned calling card on us three
 times. So - we were just saying we wanted to talk directly and
 specifically about Pound's poetry, when you chanced by...
 Richard Caddel
 Durham UK
well put.....  criticisms like the one richard is responding to reveal more
about the critic than the subject under consideration.  to criticize pound in
any meaningful way is to make him as honorable as one honestly can; only then
will the true magnitude of pound's malevolence come into focus.  perhaps the
most devastating criticism of pound's embrasure of fascism was made by pier
paolo passolini in his last film: Salo: 120 Days of Sodom.