BK. Ezra Pound

139. Puette, William J. ‘Ezra Pound: The Meaning of Oriental Literatures to His Poetics’. Insight 6 (1974): 12-23.

Puette’s attempt to aid the non-specialist in making sense of Pound’s use of Chinese and Japanese materials posits the primacy of Japanese poetry over Chinese, for Pound’s early knowledge of Chinese was ‘an indirect learning from the vantage of Japanese scholarship’ via Fenollosa. Cites ‘Chinese Poetry’ (30) in example of Pound’s own ‘unintentional mixup of Chinese with Japanese’, and suggests that critics of Pound have perpetuated the error.






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