Ambition and Anxiety: Ezra Pound's 'Cantos' and Derek by Line Henriksen

By Line Henriksen

This comparative examine investigates the epic lineage that may be traced again from Derek Walcott's Omeros and Ezra Pound's Cantos via Dante's Divina Commedia to the epic poems of Virgil and Homer, and identifies and discusses intimately a couple of recurrent key topoi. A clean definition of the concept that of style is labored out and provided, according to readings of Homer. The research reads Pound's and Walcott's poetics within the mild of Roman Jakobson's notions of metonymy and metaphor, putting their lengthy poems on the respective contrary ends of those language poles. The proposal of 'epic ambition' refers back to the poetic status hooked up to the epic style, while the (non-Bloomian) 'anxiety' happens whilst the poet faces not just the chance that his venture could fail, yet specially the ethical implications of that ambition and the terror that it might probably end up presumptuous. The drafts of Walcott's Omeros are right here tested for the 1st time, and a focus can also be dedicated to Pound's artistic tactics as illustrated by way of the drafts of the Cantos. even supposing there has already been an intermittent serious specialize in the 'classical' (and 'Dantean') antecedents of Walcott's poetry, the current examine is the 1st to assemble the complete diversity of epic intertextualities underlying Omeros, and the 1st to learn this Caribbean masterpiece within the context of Pound's fulfillment.

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Only one Homeric woman is not explicitly scheming, nor does she weave: young Nausicaa. Scheid & Svenbro, The Craft of Zeus, 114. Seventeen of the twenty-four occurrences are in the Odyssey. , viii, 152; x, 488. It defines Odysseus as a possibly cunning man of many counsels or devices. , ii, 93–95; xix, 139–40; and xxiv, 128–30 unites the weaving of a fabric and the creation of the scheme. ” For the connection between women and mêtis, which she glosses as “cunning intelligence,” see Ingrid E. 1 (1997): 1–33.

110 Peisistratos’ rule at Athens seems to have been decisive for the poems as we know them today. Skafte Jensen warns against paying heed to the notion that the Peisistratidai traced their lineage to Nestor’s son, who joins Telemachus on the journey to Sparta in Odyssey 3.

He is thus in agreement with Nagy, who argued that one Homeric passage could not be seen as referring to another. 32 With the association of the formula and the allusion, Pucci diminishes the consequence and relevance of the contrast between oral and literary epic: what we have before us and study are indeed texts. Pucci refers to both a ‘reader’ and the ‘text’ of Homeric epic. The characteristics of the Homeric poems are the results of the traditional process of oral composition: “vir29 Pucci, Odysseus Polutropos, 19.

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