By Ezra Pound

Diptych Rome-London presents the 2 undisputed masterpieces of Pound's pre-Cantos work––the lengthy poems "Homage to Sextus Propertius" and "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley."
Created within the aftermath of global struggle I, the poems paradoxically examine where of the artist in "a botched civilization." "Homage to Sextus Propertius" (1917) is a unfastened translation from the Latin, an homage to the Roman poet; praising its "enormous freedom and variety of tone," Hugh Kenner remarked that "few extra unique poems exist in English." "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" (1920) is defined in A. Walton Litz's transparent and necessary advent as a "master record of literary modernism." It was once additionally T.S. Eliot's favourite Pound poem: "I am particularly yes of 'Mauberley,' no matter what else i'm yes of... an excellent poem, a rfile of an epoch."

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Because that day i've got had no friendly nights. XI 1 the tough acts of your levity! Many and plenty of. i'm hung the following, a scare-crow for fans. 2 break out! there's, O fool, no break out, Flee in the event you like into Tanais, hope will keep on with you thither, even though you heave into the air upon the gilded Pegasean again, although you had the feathery sandals of Perseus to raise you up via break up air, The excessive tracks of Hermes wouldn't have enough money you take care of. Amor stands upon you, Love drives upon fans, a heavy mass on loose necks. it truly is our eyes you flee, no longer town, You do not anything, you plot inane schemes opposed to me, Languidly you stretch out the snare with which i'm already regular, And another time, and newly hearsay moves on my ears. Rumours of you through the urban, and no solid hearsay between them. “You will not be think opposed tongues. attractiveness is slander’s cock-shy. All stunning girls have recognized this. ” “Your glory isn't really outblotted through venom, Phoebus our witness, your palms are unspotted. ” A international lover introduced down Helen’s state and she or he used to be led again, residing, domestic; The Cytherean introduced low via Mars’ lechery reigns in first rate heavens, … Oh, oh, and sufficient of this, through dew-spread caverns, The Muses clinging to the mossy ridges; to the ledge of the rocks: Zeus’ smart rapes, within the outdated days, combusted Semele’s, of Io strayed. Oh how the chicken flew from Trojan rafters, Ida has lain with a shepherd, she has slept among sheep. Even there, no get away now not the Hyrcanian seaboard, no longer in looking the shore of Eos. All issues are forgiven for one evening of your games…. notwithstanding you stroll within the through Sacra, with a peacock’s tail for a fan. XII Who, who stands out as the subsequent guy to entrust his lady to a buddy? Love interferes with fidelities; The gods have introduced disgrace on their family; each one guy wishes the pomegranate for himself; Amiable and harmonious everyone is driven incontinent into duels, A Trojan and adulterous individual got here to Menelaus less than the rites of hospitium, And there has been a case in Colchis, Jason and that girl in Colchis; And in addition to, Lynceus, you have been inebriated. may well you undergo such promiscuity? She used to be no longer popular for constancy; yet to jab a knife in my vitals, to have handed on a swig of poison, prime, my expensive boy, my expensive Lynceus, Comrade, comrade of my lifestyles, of my handbag, of my individual; yet in a single mattress, in a single mattress on my own, my expensive Lynceus, I deprecate your attendance; i'd ask a like boon of Jove. and also you write of Achelöus, who contended with Hercules, You write of Adrastus’ horses and the funeral rites of Achenor, and you'll no longer go away off imitating Aeschylus. notwithstanding you are making a hash of Antimachus, you think that you will do Homer. And nonetheless a lady scorns the gods, Of some of these younger ladies now not one has enquired the reason for the realm, Nor the modus of lunar eclipses Nor no matter if there be any patch left people once we go the infernal ripples, nor if the thunder fall from predestination; Nor anything of significance.

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