Lit rec #162: Canto I: “And then went down to the ship, Set keel to breakers, forth on the godly seas, and We set up mast and sail on that swart ship, Bore sheep aboard her, and our bodies also Heavy with weeping, and winds from sternward Bore us out onward with bellying canvas, Circe’s this craft, the trim-coifed goddess. Then sat we amidships, wind jamming the tiller, Thus with stretched sail, we went over sea till day’s end.” (1925).

Long incomplete 800-pg poetic masterpiece, best read piece-meal & drove him crazy? Start with the Pisan Cantos.THE CANTOS by Ezra Pound

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