[lit-ideas] Re: Fwd: Re: Pound's treason

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 10:39:19 +0100

I've refreshed my memory somewhat... anti-semitism does not seem to be
visible in Pound's poems, but it is found in the poetry of his friend, T.S.


On Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 10:22 AM, Ed Farrell <ewf@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Feb 13, 2015, at 11:32 PM, David Ritchie <profdritchie@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
> On Feb 13, 2015, at 8:06 PM, Edward Farrell wrote:
>  Omar,
> I think Mike Geary is basically correct, but it is a nuanced issue.  Let's
> take my example of the bridge one more time (but not as industrial product
> in Marxist terms), and look at your intent in making the bridge: you made
> it so the terrorists to whom you sold the nuclear weapons have a ready
> means of delivering the bomb to a populated area.  So now, insofar as your
> artifact is related to its creator, it is thoroughly immoral--the product
> of a criminal, and made for a criminal purpose to boot. Yet after you've
> been caught and incarcerated and the terrorists thwarted in their purpose,
> the bridge remains, and can be used to carry innocent citizens to and fro,
> and no one will much object because the bridge is not, as you put it, "the
> very expression of personality" of its creator so most needn't associate it
> with you when they drive over it anyway.
> Pound wrote these lines in his younger days:
>   I have heard a wee wind searching
> Unusually, I'm going to anticipate JLS:
> 1) Can't call a wind wee because wee was originally a reference to weight
> http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=wee
> It makes no difference since he is referring to the Wee Wind 16, which is
> made by Airstream and since air stream is air in motion 'wee wind' is
> perfectly acceptable under any circumstances regardless of your or JLS's
> objections.
> http://vintageairstream.com/photo-archives/1948-wee-wind-16/
> Also, a pound is a weight therefore even in the Scottish usage wee is
> simply a circular reference to Ezra Pound.
> 2) Pound wasn't Scottish, so saying "wee" is twee or twaddle, or something
> of that ilk
> Nothing of the sort; the pound is great currency among Scots and of course
> there's no American pound as we know; Pound is therefore as Scottish as
> haggis whether for a penny or a pound, regardless of what you or JLS may
> say.
> 3) Sassoon was also put in the madhouse when some other judgement would
> have been awkward
> 4) My last post of the day isn't "the Last Post"
> 5) To quote Eddie Izzard on fascists, inbreeding and degeneration, "I have
> no idear"
> 6) As Monty Python on Australian philosophy put it, "There is no rule
> six." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruces_sketch
> David Ritchie
> nearby the ex-governor in
> Portland, Oregon
> Ed Farrell

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