Article Index


Alexander Howard, ed. Astern in the Dinghy:

Commentaries on Ezra’s Pound’s Thrones de los Cantares 96-109.

Glossator 10 (2018). Free online.




“One can lose sight of the fact that these are poems of imprisonment. One cannot, however, lose sight of the fact that the poetry contained in these two collections is difficult and recondite. This is especially true of the verse contained in Thrones. In the poet’s own words, these cantos denote “an attempt to move out from egoism and to establish some definition of an order possible or at any rate conceivable on earth.” Pound intended Thrones as a record of “the states of mind of people responsible for something more than their personal conduct.” One might think all that relatively straightforward. But that would be a mistake. In characteristically Poundian fashion, this late section features a bewildering college of marginal historical figures and abstruse references, drawn from an esoteric range of source-materials pertaining to economics, medieval politics and legal history, modes of monetary exchange, and good governance” (Alexander Howard vi).



Mr. Pound Goes to Washington    i

Alexander Howard (University of Sydney)

Some Contexts for Canto XCVI     1

Richard Parker (University of Surrey)

Gold and/or Humaneness: Pound's Vision of Civilization in Canto XCVII   27

Roxana Preda (University of Edinburgh)

Hilarious Commentary: Ezra Pound's Canto XCVIII    51

Peter Nicholls (New York University)

“Tinkle, tinkle, two tongues”: Sound, Sign, Canto XCIX                       83

Michael Kindellan (University of Sheffield)

“In the intellect possible”: Revisionism and Aesopian Language in Canto C121

Alex Pestell (Independent Scholar)

Deep Rustication in Canto CI        163

Mark Byron (University of Sydney)

Shipwrecks and Mountaintops: Notes on Canto CII      185

Mark Steven (University of Exeter)

Revised Intentions: James Buchanan and the Antebellum White House in Canto CIII     215

James Dowthwaite (University of Göttingen)

Exploring Permanent Values: Canto CIV            231

Archie Henderson (Independent Scholar)

Canto CV: A Divagation?                269

Alec Marsh (Muhlenberg College)

So Slow: Canto CVI            287

Sean Pryor (University of New South Wales)

'The clearest mind ever in England': Pound's Late Paradisal in Canto CVII  309

Miranda Hickman (McGill University)

Three Ways of Looking at a Canto: Navigating Canto CVIII    329

Kristin Grogan (Exeter College, University of Oxford)

'To the king onely to put value': Monarchy and Commons in Pound's Canto CIX    355

Alex Niven (University of Newcastle)