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Fri, 27 Aug 1999 14:00:20 EDT
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In a message dated 8/25/99 6:41:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
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<< I wonder if Pound would see his Cantos as a work to comfort during those
certain times late in the night, far from home? I think Frost's work might
serve this end, but the Cantos is primarily a working text, not a comforting
one. (not to say that it does not possess comforting moments, or lyrical,
impassioned ones).
     Where is this quality in the Cantos that most provides the comfort of
which you write? Serious question.
I think Pound intended the Cantos to delight, teach and move.  I certainly
have found a great deal of comfort from it, especially from the Cavalcanti
translation, Canto 45, the Pisan Cantos and the Drafts and Fragments.