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Ezra Pound's Medievalism


Georg M. Gugelberger

Among the denumerable traits of the longest poem in English is a strong emphasis on the Middle Ages. Perhaps the strongest single literature of form-giving dimension is the literature of the Middle Ages. Due to the early experience of Medieval ideas and forms Pound could arrive at what film-maker Hollis Frampton has called a «thesaurus of compositional strategies». This study provides a survey of Ezra Pound's life-long dialogue with the Middle Ages culminating in essays on Chaucer and Dante.