Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. by Andrew Karas. In , Ezra Pound published a slim volume of poems which he called Cathay and which contained, according to its title page, “translations. Cathay has ratings and 24 reviews. Bill said: Who would have guessed that one of the transformative books of modern English poetry would be a slim v.

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Cathay (1915)

Far too numerous, in fact, for Cathay to be taken seriously as a faithful translation of Chinese. Cathay is considered by some to be Pounds’ masterwork. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature. The wind bundles itself into ezzra bluish cloud and wanders off. I enjoyed these poems. It’s an old English poem, and in my opinion just didn’t fit into the group.

Song of the Bowmen of Shu Here we are, picking the first fern-shoots And saying: The eastern wind brings the green colour into ezga island grasses at Yei-shu, The purple house and the crimson are full of Spring softness. And look at the bareness of what it presents to the reader. There cathau no ease in royal affairs, we have no comfort. The Cambridge Companion to Ezra Pound.

The Modernist Revision of a Foreign Culture in Ezra Pound’s Cathay

The Jewel Stairs’ Grievance Li Po The jewelled steps are already quite white with dew, It is so late that the dew soaks my gauze stockings, And I let down the crystal curtain And watch the moon through the clear autumn. Burgher knows not He the prosperous man what some perform Where wandering them widest draweth. Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early-to-mid 20th century poetry.


Languages Svenska Edit links. True, I can find little to add to one line out of a certain poem: What is the use of talking!

Published September 10th by Kessinger Publishing first published This is why most of the proper names in Pound’s translations are Japanese instead of Chinese. I highly encourage people to pick up this ezrra short volume you can easily read it in one setting. We grub the old fern-stalks.

A new literary age had emerged with poind focus on portraying real life accurately, and Pound had set the tone for poetry. He brought the orient into the western cannon, the REAL orient. Here we are because we have the Ken-nin for our foemen, We have no comfort because of these Mongols. Though, he still experimented with repetition of words and sounds that he adapted to sound more natural when read in English, in The Beautiful Toiletfor example.

Neither Pound nor Fenollosa spoke or read Chinese proficiently, and Pound was working from the posthumous notes of an American who had studied Chinese under a Japanese teacher. To ask other readers questions about Cathayplease sign up. Sunset like the parting of old acquaintances Who bow over their clasped hands at a distance.

If glory could last forever Then the waters of Han would flow northward. The foreman of Kan Chu, drunk, danced because his long sleeves wouldn t keep still With that music-playing. When we set out, the willows were drooping with spring, We come back in the snow, We go slowly, we are hungry and thirsty, Our mind is full of sorrow, who will know of our grief?


Cathay is a collection of classical Chinese poetry translated into English by modernist poet Ezra Pound based on Ernest Fenollosa ‘s notes that came into Pound’s possession in The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead.

Fenollosa lived in Japan and learned about Chinese language and literature from Japanese masters. Yet the rhythms of his own verse had not yet shaken off his youthful bumptiousness or the insistent metrics of Browning, and Imagism itself still lacked good ground in which to grow. I let down the crystal blind and watch the glass clear autumn moon. Bilal rated it it was amazing Oct 27, Who will be sorry for General Rishogu, the swift moving, Whose white head is lost for this province?

The writers that emerged in the early decades had to find a way to assert their own identities; they had to find a way to cast aside the shackles of established Victorian literary traditions and create something of their own.

Cathay () by Ezra Pound

Pound had previously become acquainted with Laurence Binyona curator of Asian art at the museum and author of Flight of the Dragons: Hard fight gets no reward. A gracious spring, cathsy to blood-ravenous autumn, A turmoil of wars-men, spread over the middle kingdom, Three hundred and sixty thousand, And sorrow, sorrow like rain.

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Red jade cups, food well set on a blue jewelled table, And I was drunk, and had no thought of returning. Philip rated it really liked it Apr 26,