Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ancient Wisdom, Rather Cosmic


The Purple Gooroo said...

Very cool, as always, Bobby! :-)

Are those lines from "The Cantos"?

Bobby Campbell said...

Thanks for humoring me, Purple Gooroo!

These lines actually do not come from The Cantos.

Pound's poem "Ancient Wisdom, Rather Cosmic" was originally published in Wyndham Lewis' Blast 2 (July 1915) It is an adaptation of Li Bo's Gu Feng ("Ancient Airs") Pound's source for the poem came from Fenollosa's first "Rihaku" notebook.

The 4th century B.C. Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi (Chuang Tzu) stars as the dreamer in Li Bo's poem, Pound retained Fenollosa's Japanese spelling of the name, "So-Shu."

Ref. Orientalism and Modernism: The Legacy of China in Pound and Williams by Zhaoming Qian


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