This post marks a return to this project of blogging the Cantos after half a year away from it. I figured I might as well try to finish the slog through the Chinese and Adams Cantos, so that I can at least reach the Pisan Cantos, which it is said is worth the effort. We’ll see, though: the Chinese Cantos, at least, seem more often than not like pure slog… Cantos LVI and VLII are no exception, and I have not much to say about them, but I thought I’d make a few observations.
Blogging Pound's The Cantos
An unorthodox look at Ezra Pound’s magnum opus, The Cantos, with a view to how Pound’s text could be seen as a magical one, his occult beliefs and interests as objective (in a fantastical world), and his persona(e?) as it could be treated in a fictionalization of his life. But really, it’s just a quirky read-through of The Cantos, with additional notes about how Pound and his work (or, an imaginary poet like Pound and a work like The Cantos) could be fit into a fantastical narrative.