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Ezra Pound's Green World

Nature, Landscape and Language

Walter Baumann and Caterina Ricciardi (Eds.)

ISBN 9781912224722 Hardback   £75   Order

About this book

This book brings to the fore much new work on this key area of Pound’s endeavours and interests, and on the social, political, and philosophical implications of his works. They also deal with his interests in Chinese virtues, Egyptian hieroglyphs and autobiographical myths, where he combined his appreciation of both the Green World and the arts.


Walter Baumann, Ezra Pound and Trees;

Stoddard Martin, Sacred Landscape: Lago di Garda in the Work of Ezra Pound and D. H. Lawrence;

William Pratt, The Grasshopper and the Ant: Pound’s Versions of Pastoral;

John Gery, What are Temples for: Spontaneity, Simultaneity and Fortuna in Canto 97;

Gerd Schmidt, “Sumerian” Hieroglyphs in Cantos 94,
97 and 100;

Massimo Bacigalupo, The Green World in the Autobiographical Myth of The Cantos;

Stephen Romer, “The fine thing held in the mind”: Painterliness Emanating in Pound’s Early Poems and Cantos;

Mick Sheldon, Allen Upward’s Influence on Ezra Pound’s
Green World;

Jo Brantley Berryman, Pound’s Green World: Mimesis, Metaphor, and Magic;
Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, The Myth of Daphne in Pound’s Early Poetry; Peter Liebregts, “Damned to you Midas, Midas lacking a Pan”: Ezra Pound and the Use of Pan;

Charles Altieri, Taking Fascist Ontology Seriously: Why “the Green World” Could Not Suffice for the Early Cantos;

Giuliana Ferreccio, Pound’s Iconic Acts: Rituals and Natural Language in the Early-Middle Cantos;

Jonathan Pollock, The Poetics of Cut and Flow in The Cantos of Ezra

Sean Mark, “Two larks in contrappunto / at sunset”: Pound and Pasolini After the Fall;

Andy Trevathan, Teaching Pound in a Red State;

Viorica Patea, Patrizia de Rachewiltz’s My Taishan: Confessions in the Pound Tradition;

John Gery, “Independence in a Green World”: Mary de Rachewiltz as Student and Teacher.

About the authors

Walter Baumann, a native of Switzerland, is a retired Senior Lecturer of the University of Ulster, where he taught German literature and language. He obtained his Dr. phil. degree from the University of Zurich. His dissertation was published by Francke Verlag in Bern in 1967 and the University of Miami Press 1970 entitled The Rose in the Steel Dust: An Examination of the Cantos of Ezra Pound. He has been a student of Ezra Pound for 60 years. From 1976 to the present he has attended and helped to organize all but two Pound conferences. His collected Pound essays were published by the National Poetry Foundation in Orono, Maine, in 2000 under the title Roses from the Steel Dust. With William Pratt he edited Ezra Pound and London: New Perspectives (AMS Press, New York, 2015) and Ezra Pound and Modernism: The Irish Factor (forthcoming from EER).

​Caterina Ricciardi is professor of American Literature at the University Roma Tre. She has extensively written on American Modernism (Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Djuna Barnes, Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, W.C. Williams). She is the author of books on Ezra Pound: EIKONEΣ. Ezra Pound e il Rinascimento (1991), Ezra Pound. Ghiande di Luce (2006), and Ezra Pound and Roma: Roma/Amor (2009). She contributed to Ezra Pound in Context (2010), edited by Ira B. Nadel, and co-edited with Willian Pratt Roma/Amor. Ezra Pound, Rome, and Love (2013).   A book on T. S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" was released in 2017.