BK. Ezra Pound


32. ‘The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry, “by Ernest Fenollosa and Ezra Pound”’. Little Review 6/5 (September 1919): 62-64; 6/6 (October 1919): 57-64; 6/7 (November 1919): 55-60; 6/8 (December 1919): 68-72.

An essay central to Pound’s poetics and criticism but related directly to Japanese materials only by way of its derivation from the Fenollosa manuscripts. Outlines the ‘ideogramic method’. Pound had been trying to place the work since early 1914 (see 77f). Reprinted with slight emendations as ‘An Essay on the Chinese Written Character, by Ernest Fenollosa’, in Instigations (New York: Boni and Liveright, 1920), and as The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry, by Ernest Fenollosa: An Ars Poetica ‘With a Foreword and Notes by Ezra Pound’ (London: Nott, 1936). See also A48, 54, BD152, BE5, 13, BH13, BI10, 16, BK40, 44, 45, 59e, 102, 117, CB1b, and D10.





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