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10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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Ezra Pound - Teaching Tips

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  • It is helpful to note that Pound was an enthusiast about Chinese art and poetry. Have your students review the Core Context "Orientalism: Looking East."

  • Pound's later work is characterized by allusiveness, and it often proves obscure and difficult, particularly for first-time readers. Before asking your students to read "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley," ask them to research some of the allusions. Have groups report on different references, including perhaps the story of Odysseus, the Greek gods, Ariel's role in The Tempest, and Elizabeth Siddal/Pre-Raphaelite painting. Then ask them to discuss allusiveness in poetry-its strengths and its limitations.

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