March 01, 2005

Ezra Pound and John Crowe Ransom

In these two poems i think that i noticed the obvious connection in that they both make references to war. In "The Old Age of the Soul" the author is comparing himself to a warrior, or better yet he is comparing to his dreams and aspirations to a warrior. He talks about how the dream can change and how it does change just like the solider does when he endures battle. Maybe he is saying that his dreams still are not fulfilled and are restless for he makes the comparission in line 3 when he states as to the nerveless hand of some old warrior.

Again i thought that this fit the best with John Crowe Ransons poem "Judith of Bethulia." This poem describes war and how the unexpected may come to conquer all. It also talks about underestimating the power of women.

Really the only connection that i could make was the references to elders in both poems. In Pounds poem i feel that it was more prevalent for he used such words as used, old, worn, council of elders....where as in Ransoms poem it just eluded to the fact that elders didn't eaisly give into temptation as readily as the young soliders did. Also both poems used a bit of old language...Maybe that was to make it seem a bit more authentic or maybe thats just how they wrote.

Posted by MaggiQuinlan at March 1, 2005 10:24 PM

In any war, since it's the elders who decide to declare war, and the young men who die, there is tension between the generations.

What is the effect of the use of old language? How would the poems be different if they authors used jazz-era slang?

Why do you think Pound begins the poem in first person ("I") and ends in third person ("he")?

About trackbacks... if you turn the titles of the poems into links to the appropriate pages on the course syllabus, the trackbacks should appear on the course site. (See the instructions I posted, towards the end of the long entry on Portfolio 1).

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 2, 2005 10:10 AM
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