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Apparitions of AsiaModernist Form and Asian American Politics$
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Josephine Nock-Hee Park

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332735

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332735.001.0001

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Cathay to Confucius

Cathay to Confucius

Ezra Pound and China

(p.23) 1 Cathay to Confucius
Apparitions of Asia

Josephine Nock-Hee Park

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that Ezra Pound's multiple invocations of China were bound to his American ambitions. Pound struggled with Whitman to take on the mantle of American bard, but he turned to the Orient as a means of disciplining the homeland he had fled. Reading both Pound's early interest in Tang Dynasty verse in his Imagist poetry and his later devotion to Confucianism in the China Cantos, this chapter unveils an underlying desire to speak for and to America via the Orient that runs the length of Pound's career.

Keywords:   Ezra Pound, Imagism, Cathay, The Cantos, Tang Dynasty, Confucianism

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