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- Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 10:26:51 +0200
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Greetings to members of the Listserv,

Starting at the small handwritten notations just above the music in
Canto LXXV one reads the phrase "(Sidelights from Selassi;".While it is
tempting to associate a meaning with Haile Selassi(e), Emperor of
Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, an interpretation in that direction seems
awfully broad for a Canto that is so full of particulars. Also, the name
is followed by a semicolon which leads into details concerning the
music. The invasion of Ethiopia was late 1935 and the music had already
been performed on Pound's concert series in Rapallo. Ellen Keck Stauder
gives a well reasoned analysis of the hand on p.272 of her excellent
article on Canto 75 in the Bacigalupo/Pratt _Ezra Pound, Language and
Persona_. Can anyone account for the spelling of 'ucelli' with only one
'c' or whose hand this is? If Munch, he would have known the Canto's
/manuscript/ information from Pound's pre-concert presentations, both
vocal and in print.

Any interpretations concerning this Canto, and particularly the
"Sidelights from Selassi;" would be very much appreciated.

Robert Hughes