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 Ezra Pound.

Posthumous Cantos


Going Up the Sun Terrace

 Ezra Pound's compounds

in the OED




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Ezra Pound. Posthumous Cantos.

Ed. Massimo Bacigalupo.

Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2015.




Ezra Pound’s Posthumous Cantos collects unpublished pages of his great poem, drawn from manuscripts held in the archive at Yale’s Beinecke Library and elsewhere. They are assembled by Pound’s Italian translator, the critic and scholar Massimo Bacigalupo, into a companion book to The Cantos, running from 1917 to 1972 and including the Cantos he wrote in Italian in 1944-5. An Italian edition was published in 2002 and revised in 2012. This is the first English edition of a crucial part of the Pound canon. Posthumous Cantos is arranged to reflect the eight phases of the Cantos’ composition. Pound’s writing suffered the consequences of the turbulent history of his century. World War I left the cultural world he came to Europe for in ruins; and the aftermath of the World War II in which he took a contrary side, made his work, like his life, discontinuous, a sequence of brilliant moments and profound ruptures.

From the Introduction:
The text of The Cantos as published is only the tip of an iceberg of mostly unpublished material: notebooks, typescripts, proofs. At times Pound really forgot memorable passages among his drafts, though generally he proved a good judge in choosing what to preserve and what to discard.  The present volume offers a selection from this abundant material, based on criteria of quality, accessibility, and documentary interest.” (xii)

The volume contains glosses and an extensive chronology.


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Going Up to Sun Terrace:
A Tribute to Ezra Pound, and Li Po’s “Shangyangtai

A Visual/Verbal book by Thomas Ingmire, poetry by David Annwn.




2015 marks the 130th anniversary of Ezra Pound’s birth and the 100th anniversary of his beginning to write THE CANTOS. David Annwn, with his poem, "Going Up to Sun Terrace," pays tribute to these anniversaries and to the influence Pound has had on his own work. His poem also makes a link to Li Po, the famous Chinese poet and calligrapher who, in 744, wrote a poem with the same title. The foldout spread in this book is a recreation of Li Po’s extraordinary calligraphy of the poem. The work is the only surviving example of Po’s calligraphy. “The River Merchant’s Wife,” translated from Chinese by Pound, embraces the tie between the three poets.

The books include includes exquisite calligraphy versions, by Ingmire, of Annwn’s original poem, as well as Pound's “The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter,” and Li Po's “Shangyangtai.”

The book is printed in an edition of 50. Each book cover is an original ink and collage drawing by Thomas Ingmire. The book dimensions are 5" x 6.5" 18 pages, and costs $165.00.

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Pound’s Compound Coinages in the OED

       news received from Archie Henderson



Source: The Life of Words, a website dedicated to poetry, modernism and computing. In response to a query about compound coinages from Joyce's work included in the OED, David Antoine Williams, the editor, provided comparative lists for T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound. Below, please find Pound's list and for further edification, explore The Life of Words website. 

Here is what Williams remarked: 

Well, here at The Life of Words, we aim to please. Since I’ve been muck­ing around with Python scripts to get at OED’s com­bi­na­tional for­ma­tions (those bits typ­i­cally at the end of entries that list affixal and attribu­tive com­bi­na­tions), it was rel­a­tively easy to get together a list of instances where Joyce is listed as the first to have com­bined words in these par­tic­u­lar ways, so far as OED2 (1989) was able to tell.

Caveat: the list doesn’t include any terms that are head­words in OED. Just com­bos. 


Pound's combinations 

double zero,





man-filled, many-fingered, many-twined, mass graves, mist-wrought, mud-slings,

neo-nietzschean, nerve-wracked, night-wonder,

over-inflated, over-oiled,

pre-malthusian, press-bosses, pug-bitch,

rag ends, rain-blur, rain-ditch, rain-tears, rain-cold, re-beams, red-gilded, rhyme scheme, ribbon-clerk, ring-having, river-bridge, river-marsh, rowing sticks,

salt-bright, salt-wavy, sand-stretch, sea-surge, sea-fellow, seven-towered, six-holed, smooth-oiled, spear-print, spirit tower, spur-clinks, squirrel-headedness, stone-cliffs, stone-bright, suet-headed, sun-film, sun-driven, sun-fed,  sun-gold, swan-flight, swollen-eyed, sword-hate,


uncounterfeitable, under-emphasis,

wheat-wine, white-stockinged, wind-streak, wing-flapping.



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