English 165

Special Topics: The Pisan and Later Cantos of Ezra Pound

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2012 Campion, John
Campion, John
MW 1:30-3 301 Wheeler

Book List

Pound, Ezra: The Cantos of Ezra Pound

Other Readings and Media

Additionally, there will be class handouts, online text, audio, and video works, etc.


This course will look at one of the most influential and controversial poets of the 20th century, Ezra Pound. Beginning with the Pisan, we'll study the rest of the Cantos of Ezra Pound during the course of a single semester. That means a lot of difficult reading and some serious writing. To prepare for this effort, each student is encouraged to read the earlier Cantos before attending class.

The lectures, class discussions, readings, and writing assignments are intended to develop students’ ability to analyze, understand, and evaluate the great work of this ur-force in modern poetry and culture. We’ll look at his ideogrammic technique and how this presentation helped register his wide ranging ideas about language, knowledge, myth and religion, economics, history, politics, society, and ecology. Since his work was informed by so many sources, contexts, and difficulties, it necessarily opens this course up to many diverse areas of consideration and student orientation.

This course is open to English majors only.

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