Ezra Pound's The Pisan Cantos was written in 1945, while the poet was being held in an American military detention center near Pisa, Italy, as a result of his pro-Fascist wartime broadcasts to America on Radio Rome. Imprisoned for some weeks in a wire cage open to the elements, Pound suffered a nervous collapse from the physical and emotional strain. Out of the agony of his own inferno came the eleven cantos that became the sixth book of his modernist epic, The Cantos, themselves conceived as a Divine Comedy for our time. ...

The Pisan Cantos 2003, New Directions Publishing Corporation, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780811215589


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Pisan Cantos 1973, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571096367

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