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Literary Zen VI

Literary Zen VI


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  1. This from Pound??

      1. I guess I’m surprised because of the oppressiveness of some of those he actively supported.

        1. Ironic, perhaps. However, he did distance himself from his youthful bigotry in his later years.

          1. I take your point, but he was hardly youthful at the time. He befriended Mussolini when he was in his 40s and broadcast antisemitic and fascist propaganda throughout his 50s and until the end of WWII, when he was 60. Just saying.

          2. Just saying what? The quote is attributed to a bigot so I shouldn’t have posted it? I’m unclear as to your point.

          3. I’m not at all saying you shouldn’t have posted it. You can and should post whatever you want on your blog. I was just responding with my reaction to seeing Pound associated with freedom from oppression, which is that I was surprised given his background. That’s my only point.

  2. I can’t imagine being a slave, and not knowing what freedom is. I think there’s more to slavery than that being passive. I’ve read about many non-passive persons who still ended up in slavery, and lost their lives trying to get free. It’s a part of history no one should want to repeat. Next time around it could be me. Looks like you have a lot of successes here. 🙂

    1. I read this also as a metaphor for someone whose mind is trapped in the dark nether-realm of unoriginal thinking…

      1. That I can agree to, and have lived there in spite of myself! It’s hard not to be trapped by who we are. 🙂

  3. Great post. Pound was a driven, inspired, and tragic figure. His relationship with Hemingway was mutually beneficial and complex.

    1. And that they boxed together always made me wish more than all the other wonders of and from those of The Lost Generation of Paris that I could have been there…

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