By Ezra Pound
This crucial paintings, first released in 1934, is a concise assertion of Pound’s aesthetic concept. it's a primer for the reader who desires to hold an energetic, serious brain and develop into more and more delicate to the sweetness and notion of the world’s top literature. With attribute power and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with shows meticulously selected from the classics, and the concluding “Treatise on Meter” offers an illuminating essay for an individual desiring to learn and write poetry. ABC of studying monitors Pound’s nice skill to open new avenues in literature for our time.
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You can't believe it is fiction. Some Icelander on a ledge must at some time have saved himself by lopping off the outside paw of a hear, and so making the brute lose its balance. This is in a sense phanopoeia, the throwing of an image on the mind's retina. The defect of earlier imagist propaganda was not in misstatement hut in incomplete statement. The diluters took the handiest and easiest meaning, and thought only ofthe STATIONARY image. If you can't think of imagism or phanopoeia as including the moving image, you will have to make a really needless division of fixed image and praxis or action.
Numerals and words referring to human inventions have hard, cut-off meanings. That is, meanings which are more obtrusive than a word's 'associationa '. Bicycle now has a cut-off meaning. But tandem, or 'bicycle built for two', will probably throw the image of a past decade upon the reader's mental screen. There is no end to the number of qualities which some people can associate with a given word or kind of word, and most of these vary with the individual. You have to go almost exclusively to Dante's criticism to find a set of OBJECTIVE categories for words.
A Latin crib can do a good deal. If you read French you can get the STORY of the Iliads and of the beginning of the Odyssey from Salel and J amyn, or rather you could if their books weren't out of print. ) Chapman is something different. See my notes on the Elizabethan translators. You can get Ovid, or rather Ovid's stories in Golding's Metamorphoses, which is the most beautiful book in the language (my opinion and I suspect it was Shakespeare's). Marlowe translated the Amores. And before that Gavin Douglas had made something of the Aeneids that I, at any rate, like better than Virgil's Latin.
ABC of Reading by Ezra Pound