Cantico del Sole

By Ezra Pound 1885–1972 Ezra Pound
The thought of what America would be like
If the Classics had a wide circulation
                      Troubles my sleep,
The thought of what America,
The thought of what America,
The thought of what America would be like
If the Classics had a wide circulation
                      Troubles my sleep.
Nunc dimittis, now lettest thou thy servant,
Now lettest thou thy servant
                      Depart in peace.
The thought of what America,
The thought of what America,
The thought of what America would be like
If the Classics had a wide circulation . . .
                      Oh well!
                      It troubles my sleep.

Ezra Pound, "Cantico del Sole" from Personae, copyright 1926 by Ezra Pound. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Ezra Pound: Poems and Translations (The Library of America, 2003)

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Poet Ezra Pound 1885–1972

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 Ezra  Pound

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Of all the major literary figures in the twentieth century, Ezra Pound has been one of the most controversial; he has also been one of modern poetry's most important contributors. In an introduction to the Literary Essays of Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot declared that Pound "is more responsible for the twentieth-century revolution in poetry than is any other individual." Four decades later, Donald Hall reaffirmed in remarks collected . . .

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