Congratulations. It is a lot of work, but it is worth the effort. As  
for references, there are two that immediately come to mind, and that  
are well known to anyone who has been reading Pound: Carroll F.  
Terrell's A Companion to the Cantos of Ezra Pound, and William  
Cookson's A Guide to the Cantos of Ezra Pound.

Another excellent (and relatively brief) book you might wish to  
consider is George Kearns Ezra Pound: The Cantos.

Take care.

On 10-Feb-09, at 8:06 PM, MS wrote:

> I am new to Pound and newer to the Cantos.  Though I am diving right  
> in, I
> feel I need accompanying information in order to get the full  
> emotional
> content.  The allusions, translations and intensity seem to vary  
> greatly in
> relation to the stages of his life (especially the Pisan Cantos).  Can
> anyone recommend a solid reference for the Cantos?
> Thanks

Trevor Sawler
Department of English
Saint Thomas University
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