Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. by Andrew Karas. In , Ezra Pound published a slim volume of poems which he called Cathay and which contained, according to its title page, “translations. Cathay has ratings and 24 reviews. Bill said: Who would have guessed that one of the transformative books of modern English poetry would be a slim v.

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This is not a book of Chinese poetry. And there is no end of talking— There is no end of things in the heart.

Grievance, there fore there is something to complain cathag. Our sorrow is bitter, but we would not return to our country. However, he did have the papers of the great cultural explorer Ernest Fenollosa — which included more or less literal translations of poems by the great T’ang dynasty poet Li Po Li Bai and others.

The enemy is swift, we must be careful. I believe he worked with Japanese scholars on the translation so many of the Chinese proper names sound Japanese according to I loved this little book. Though, he still experimented with repetition of words and sounds that he adapted to sound more natural when read in English, in The Beautiful Toiletfor example.

Open Preview See a Problem? His “translations” are also of great significance for readers like myself who are ignorant of the Chinese language and know well that they will never have the time and energy required to learn one of the most difficult languages on earth, because Pound’s translations provided the initial impetus to the now extensive tradition of English language translations of Chinese poetry. Song of the Bowmen of Shu Here we are, picking the first fern-shoots And saying: Interesting inclusion of the notes from which Pound originally worked.

Books may be renewed by calling Nathless there knocketh now The heart s thought that I on high streams The salt-wavy tumult traverse alone.

One of these pies was the translation of poetry into English. When shall we get back to our country? And there came also the ” True man ” of Shi-yo to meet me, Playing on a jewelled mouth-organ.


The bright cloths and bright caps of Shin Are now the base of old hills. Joe Gonnella rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Yet ezrs is Cathay The Life of Ezra Pound. And now I see only the river, The long Kiang, reaching heaven.

Earthly glory ageth and seareth. Pound grandfather Olga Rudge William Wadsworth. Renewed books are subject to immediate recall. Their anthology Des Imagistes [] shows the brave but tentative movements they made in this direction.

For this there s no mood-lofty man over earth s midst, Not though he be given his good, but will have in his youth greed ; Nor his deed to the daring, nor his king to the faithful But shall have his sorrow for sea-fare The Seafarer 25 Whatever his lord will. Who has brought the army with drums and with kettle-drums?

When, inthe widow Mary McNeill Scott Fenolossa shared with him her husband Ernest’s notes on Chinese and Japanese literature, the twenty-eight-year-old Pound recognized in the spare, image-centered poems of Rihaku Japanese for “Li Po” an ancient yet vital tradition that would not only help him write puond poetry but would also strengthen the Imagist impulse, giving it nourishment and roots.

Even Edward Said, the renowned scholar and cultural critic who wrote Orientalism, praised Pound for his lack of ignorance in regards to the east: There is no wall left to this village.

Howe vathay in mirth most magnified, Whoe er lived in life most lordliest, Drear all this excellence, delights undurable! When shall we get back to our country?

It’s almost ineffable how I feel while reading these poems.

At fourteen I married My Lord you. It is a lament by a soldier for whom the campaign has gone on much too long.

Cathay (1915)

I HAVE not come to the end xathay Ernest Fenollosa s notes by a long way, nor is it entirely perplexity pond causes me to cease from translation. Additionally, this edition also contains Fenollosa’s original notes including original Chinese, transliteration Japanese biasword for word translation, and a more literal and unpoetic English translation.

Eliot wrote, “Chinese poetry, as we know it today, is something invented by Ezra Pound. Retrieved from ” https: Yet the rhythms of his own verse had not yet shaken off his youthful bumptiousness or the insistent metrics of Browning, and Imagism itself still lacked good ground in which to grow.


My gauze stockings are soaked. However, The Seafarer is a major contrast to the rest of the collection. Cathxy among them is a man like Han-rei Who departed alone with his mistress, With her hair unbound, and he his own skiffs-man!

Cqthay in Asian art and literature, the two poets often visited the Asian exhibits at the British Museum. Far too numerous, in fact, for Cathay to be taken seriously as a faithful translation of Chinese.

The Modernist Revision of a Foreign Culture in Ezra Pound’s Cathay

Pound’s The Cantos contains music and bears a title that could be translated as The Songs—although it never is. Chill its chains are ; chafing sighs Hew my heart round and hunger begot Mere-weary mood.

The emperor in his jewelled car goes out to inspect his flowers, He goes out to Hori, to look at the wing-flapping storks, He returns by way of Sei rock, to hear the new nightingales, For the gardens at Jo-run are full of new nightin gales, Their sound is mixed in this flute, Their voice is in the twelve pipes here.

This he little believes, who aye in winsome life Abides mid burghers some heavy business, Wealthy and wine-flushed, how I weary oft Must bide above brine. Cathay is the English version of the name Catai, which is another name for China. Aug 15, Maru Kun rated it it was amazing Shelves: And then the crowd broke up, you poudn north to San palace, And if you ask how I regret that parting: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Haughty their passing, Haughty their steps as they go into great banquets, To high halls and curious food, To erza perfumed air and girls dancing, Szra clear flutes poynd clear singing; To the dance of the seventy couples; To the mad chase through the gardens.