At the end of the poem, even though Pound has accepted Whitman's influence, he still offers a backhanded compliment. But that's not the way to make a work of art. When it comes to Apollo, the Sun God, there is a traditional myth that he insulted Eros or Cupid, which is his Roman name saying that he was unworthy of his Eros bow and arrow which were warlike. Apollo fell head over heels for Daphne and continuously followed her, while she loathed him and all men , desperate to shake his pursuit. Analysis: To understand this short poem, it is first necessary to explore Pound's negative feelings towards Walt Whitman.
His body is the tree and his arms are the branches. If God has made her this special way this means that she is different from others. Pound, however, was always reluctant to take inspiration from others. As the vegetation keeps on growing on her body, the world tortures her more and more and more to an extent that the girl is dis- heartened. Tree you are, Moss you are, You are violets with wind above them.
It was you that broke the new wood, Now is a time for carving. GradeSaver, 24 February 2014 Web. Throughout this poem, it becomes clear that Pound once viewed Whitman as his creative antithesis, but has since matured. Another important facet of Pound's literary activity was his tireless promotion of other writers and artists. By comparing Whitman to a father figure, Pound insinuates that he felt intimidated by Whitman's success. The mossy tree looks very young and seems tall.
She is describing her feelings when being transformed. A red rock silent and shadowless, clung round with clusters of shouting lads, Some few dark-cleaving the doorway, souls that cling as the souls of the dead In stupor persist at the gates of life, obstinate dark monads. The poet tells that the girl is someone who is special and should be proud of that instead of being ashamed. Murray Schafer, New Directions, 1977. While this story has a strong mythological perspective, and a clear intention by Pound to deliver a specific message to the poem, there are many contemporary interpretations. Ezra Pound is generally considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry.
It is the story of Daphne and Apollo. Your credit card will not be charged until the book is shipped. Pound avoided using any rigid structures throughout the poem and hence made the poem easy to understand a conversation between two narrators. These goals, personal and public, are present throughout the poem; they also sustained the poet throughout his life. To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation. Popular Genres, and the Discourse of Culture, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1995.
There is no structure which can refer to our interpretation of someone wanting to escape were there are no boundaries, no structure. Ezra Pound chose to employ a split narration in this poem. This is when she imagines herself as a tree. Critics over the course of years have continued with the real purpose and real interpretation of the poem with stating that the true interpretation of the poem is depicted through mythology or it might just be a lesson on the imagination of the childhood. In addition to the aforementioned writers, Pound also worked with Marianne Moore, Jacob Epstein, e. We have one sap and one root - Let there be commerce between us.
Later Cantos present historical figures such as Sigismundo Malatesta and explore the relationship between creativity in the political and literary realms. Contributor to British Union Quarterly, Townsman, Hudson Review, National Review, New Age under the pseudonym Alfred Venison , and other periodicals. The free verse form of this poem is extremely effective, particularly since it's so short. Apollo embraced the branches, but alas, the branches shrank away from him. Pound started this movement after studying Japanese forms of poetry like waka verse and haiku. The branches grown out of me like arms. No other girl has this specific vegetation grown on her body; be it imaginative.
For the greater part of this century, however, Pound devoted his energies to advancing the art of poetry and maintaining his aesthetic standards in the midst of extreme adversity. No other girl has this specific vegetation grown on her body; be it imaginative. The first five-line stanza reads as if Daphne is narrating. Edited letter collections include correspondence with poets William Carlos Williams and , political ruminations with U. In a way he sends the girl a message by implying that she should never lose her imagination even when she grows up and goes out in the world.
Regarding rhythm: to compose in the sequence of a musical phrase, not in the sequence of a metronome. The poem opens a vast space for the readers to use their creative perspective to understand the tone of the story and see the poem from different, and versatile angles. Through it all runs a sense of alienation from a native land he needed to whip, presumably for its own good. The Cantos is a long, 120-section poem that Pound was never able to finish. Pound drew inspiration from the clarity of Chinese and Japanese verse as well as Greek classics in order to combat the increasing generalities in poetry. As the vegetation keeps on growing on her body, the world tortures her more and more to an extent that the girl is disheartened. Eliot, Paul de Man, Oxford University Press, 1996.
The first one was the myth of Apollo, the Sun God, and the second was Daphne, a nymph. Army and kept imprisoned in a small, outdoor wire cage at a compound near Pisa, Italy. Cummings, edited by Betty Ahearn, University of Michigan Press, 1996. He stayed in the hospital until 1958 when Robert Frost led a successful effort to free the poet. In August of 1933 Pound, living in Italy and at work on his Cantos, received a letter from a young Harvard student.