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laura and jeff <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 27 Jan 1998 18:55:01 -0500
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i second this.
the problem that many people of this (my, i'm about to turn 23) vastly
misunderstood (and greatly marginalized) generation have with pound is not
availability, but help.  there is no easy resource for pound as there is for
eliot or joyce. so much is either overly (psudo)intellectual, or incredibly
reactionary. and there is so much of it. pound is not hard to understand so
much as the stigma surrounding pound is hard to get thru.
so much of what i have read concerning pound has been the same things stated
over and over again in what seems to be a vast hope to prove that the author
is -also- an intellectual because -they- can write about pound. but no new
ground is broken. it's disgusting. the fact that poetry going into the 21st
c. is incresingly stagnant proves that there is more need for pound now than
ever. but us youngins are not given the help we need because there are too
many pound scholars fucking around instead of thinking.
but i guess it's up to us to find new ways of dealing with pound, everyone
else is too busy trying to impress one another.
i'll not rant.
>As a lurking member of the so-called "twenty-nothing and thirty-nothing
>generation," I resent the condescension in this thread.  Not all Poundians
>are over forty, and it seems to me that younger Poundians should be
>encouraged, not mocked.  We are all on the same side here aren't we?  I
>thought the point of the list was to engage in a discussion  about a poet
>whose work interests all of us.
>        I hardly think that the reason younger scholars and stdents of
>literature have "hardly even heard of [Pound]" is because the Cantos aren't
>available on the Web.  While electronic access might be convenient, it isn't
>preventing students and aspiring scholars from reading EP.  Perhaps a more
>likely reason is his conspicuous absence from the classroom--whether because
>his poetry is "too difficult" or because many instructors find his politics
>distasteful or inappropriate for the classroom.  As an undergraduate, I was
>always curious about Pound, but never got the chance to read him.  It wasn't
>until my second semester of graduate school that I found his work on a
>syllabus, and even still, I find that the pre-dominant attitude among
>professors and students is one of grudging appreciation--yes, he was an
>important figure, but his poetry is difficult to understand and often  best
>left to interested individuals with lots of free time and additional
>references.  Availability of texts, in my opinion, isn't the problem--it's
>Pound's troubled position within the institution.
>Erin Templeton
>Dept. of English
>Penn State University
>University Park, PA  16802
        There are no hierarchies, no infinite, no such many as mass,
        there are only
        eyes in all heads
        to be looked out of
                             -charles olson, from "letter 6" (of the maximus                                    poems)