While the shaping influence for good of Ezra Pound's criticism on the work of his contemporaries is legendary, the value and influence of his poetry has proved more controversial. Although his critics have all long acknowledge the importance of pound poetry, a fear of hard answers has kept many of them from addressing the hard questions the the politics, prejudices and obscurity of his Cantos pose.
Lately few critics have become more daring and have begun to inquire into the extent to which Pound, man and poet, can be understood to represent his time. With this new willingness to debate, the controversy has by no means diminished. In his introduction to this volume, Harold Bloom finds something to praise and much abhor in Pound's work. Michael Andre Bernstein and Christine Froula are among those who see in Pound a representative of aspects of the American experience which do not please us but shich we must acknowledge. Hugh Kenner and Louis L, Martz represent those among Pound's readers who asked hard questions early on.
Chelsea House Publishers. 1991. Hardback. 232 pages. Ex-library