ABC of Reading (New Directions Paperbook)

By Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound’s vintage ebook in regards to the that means of literature, with a brand new advent by way of Michael Dirda.

this crucial paintings, first released in 1934, is a concise assertion of Pound’s aesthetic concept. it's a primer for the reader who desires to hold an lively, serious brain and turn into more and more delicate to the sweetness and thought of the world’s top literature. With attribute vigour and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with indicates meticulously selected from the classics, and the concluding “Treatise on Meter” offers an illuminating essay for a person desiring to learn and write poetry. ABC of Reading screens Pound’s nice skill to open new avenues in literature for our time.

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