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Three Cantos (Ur-Cantos)

A Draft of XXX Cantos I-XXX

11 New Cantos XXXI-XLI

Fifth Decad of Cantos XLII-LI

China and Adams LII-LXXI

The Italian Cantos LXXII-LXXIII

The Pisan Cantos LXXIV-LXXXIV

Section: Rock Drill LXXXV-XCV

Thrones. Cantos XCVI-XCIX

Drafts & Fragments CX-CXVII


rsz catullus villa

 The ruins of the Catullus villa on the shore of the Lake Garda.



If there is anything that binds together the various literary allusions in this canto, it is the memory of Pound's happiest time: the months he spent in Sirmione in March-June 1910. It is here that he corrected the proofs of the Spirit of Romance and wrote his first translations of Guido, which he would publish as Sonnets and Ballate of Guido Cavalcanti in 1912. Dante, Catullus, Sordello and the troubadours were all near. Pound had found his paradise and his home, the place to start.