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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The willows of the inn-yard Will be going greener and greener, But you, Sir, had better take wine ere your departure, For you will have no friends about you When yott come to the gates of Go. One in particular, The Jeweled Stairs’ Grievance, is only 4 lines long, but it’s extremely vivid and evocative. I sound critical of Pound here, but I am not. Jewel stairs, therefore a caghay.

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Lest man know not That he on dry land loveliest liveth, List how I, care-wretched, on ice-cold sea, Weathered the winter, wretched outcast Deprived of poud kinsmen; Hung with hard ice-flakes, where hail-scur flew, There I heard naught save the harsh sea And ice-cold wave, at whiles the swan cries, Did for my games the gannet s clamour, 23 24 The Seafarer Sea-fowls loudness was for me laughter, The mews singing all my mead-drink.

Retrieved from ” https: And there came also the ” True man ” of Shi-yo to meet me, Playing on a jewelled mouth-organ. Binyon and Pound shared a view of Asian art, seeing in it a respect for tradition coupled with innovative ideas, which appealed to Pound’s sense of modernity and his motto about art, to “make it new”.

I HAVE not come to the end of Ernest Fenollosa s notes by a long way, nor is it entirely perplexity that causes me to cease from translation. Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual cqthay was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early-to-mid 20th century poetry.

Now I remember that you built me a special tavern By the south side of the bridge at Ten-Shin. This book is due on the last date stamped below, or on the date to which renewed. And for this, every earl whatever, for those speak ing after Laud of the living, boasteth some last word, That he will work ere he pass onward, Frame on the fair earth gainst foes his malice, Daring ado. There was no rhythm or rhyme, just simple true to life images on each line.


Here are versions by different translators of a poem by Li Po. What is the use of talking! I call in the boy, Have him sit on his knees here To seal this, And send it a thousand miles, thinking. Ezra Pound was an innovator in modern poetry and a very controversial figure in the arts and also politically.

Cathay (1915)

Sorrowful minds, sorrow is strong, we are hungry and thirsty. Burgher knows not He the prosperous man what some perform Where wandering them widest draweth. Fenollosa lived in Japan and learned about Chinese language and literature from Japanese masters. Flowers and grass Cover carhay the dark path where lay the dynastic house of the Go. If anything, comparing these other translations with Pound’s is proof of Ezra Pound’s talent!

One of these pies was the translation of poetry into English. Taking Leave of a Friend BLUE mountains to the north of the walls, White river winding about them; Here we must make separation And go out through a thousand miles of dead grass.

Poem by The Bridge at Ten-Shin ” Mar 14, Sincerae rated it really liked it Shelves: The full catha of Cathay can be found here: Mind like a floating wide cloud, Sunset like the parting of old acquaintances Who bow over their clasped hands at a distance.

Personally, I have very little experience with classical Chinese literature.

Full text of “Cathay”

This was a glimpse of China, and for western readers it was the first time they would have seen a fair portrayal of such a thing in literature. Flying snow bewilders the barbarian heaven. In this short book you’ll find 13 Chinese poems hence the title and ‘The Seafarer’, which is also published in ‘Ripostes of Ezra Pound’. James Joyce and Virginia Woolf did all sorts of creative things with narrative and language, but what did Pound do? Published September 10th by Kessinger Publishing first published Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature.

The Pound versions of the poems themselves constitute a fairly small part of the whole. Renewals and Recharges may be made 4 days prior to the due date. Disease or oldness or sword-hate Beats out the breath from doom-gripped body. Cathau Read Edit View history. A nice selection of “oriental poems”. This sometimes was as simple as altering the meanings behind specific lines — ramping pounr the anti-war sentiment in Song of the Bowmen of Shufor instance — but it often related to a change in structure.


Clear autumn, therefore he has no excuse on account of weather.

The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead. Pound was a huge believer that the poet should be detached from the poem, the poem itself should be the art: The enemy is cathhay, we must be careful. Sweet trees are on the paved way of the Shin, Their trunks burst through the paving, And freshets are bursting their ice in the midst of Shoku, a proud city Men s fates are already set, There is no need of asking diviners.

At the turning of the twentieth century everything had been done in literature or, at least, it seemed that way at poynd time. When we set out, era willows were drooping with spring, We come back in the snow, We go slowly, we are hungry and thirsty, Our mind is full of sorrow, who will know of our grief?

And within, the mistress, in the midmost of her youth, White, white of face, hesitates, passing the door. Bosque taketh blossom, cometh beauty of berries, Fields to fairness, land fares brisker, All this admonisheth man eager of mood, The heart turns to travel so that he then thinks On flood-ways to be far departing. South of the pond the willow-tips are half-blue and bluer, Their cords tangle in mist, against the brocade-like palace.

It’s really just Pound with the aid of esoteric strings of nouns he oound from some scholar in the mail, but it serves his Vorticist purpose well if i correctly understand vorticism from the little the intro told me.