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Ezra Pound

I’ve read the Pisan Cantos, with a guide. Looking at it again, seems like the cadence can be read as prototypical of a mechanical, uninteresting, poetry. It’s only when I ask what it is expressing that the line drops those demands, and it seems to be expressing despair (not a novel claim), perhaps despair at failed culture.

The lesson I drew from this is that my poetry “expresses” via visual line length.