Some Additions and Corrections to Ezra Pound e la scienza

  • Maria Luisa Ardizzone


This essay looks in detail at some additions and corrections to my Ezra Pound e la scienza: Scritti inediti o rari (Milan: Libri Scheiwiller, 1987) in light of an English edition, Machine Art and Other Unpublished or Uncollected Writings, to be published in 1992.


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  1. 3.
    Donna mi priegha in the text edited by Pound reproducing the Laurentian manuscript ‘with a few corrected errors’. Pound also pointed out that he added the accents following the Giuntina edition (1527). The most philologically authoritative text of the Canzone Donna mi prega known today is the one by Contini in Poeti del Duecento, edited by Gianfranco Contini (Milan and Naples: Ricciardi, 1960).Google Scholar
  2. 13.
    ‘The Commedia’, as Dante has explained in the Epistle to Can Grande, ‘is written in four senses: the literal, the allegorical, the analogical, the ethical. For this form of arcana we find the best parallel in the expressions of mathematics […] one general law governs such a series of equations as 3 × 3 + 4 × 4 = 5 × 5, or written more simply, 32 + 42 = 52, or written more simply 32 + 42 = 52, 62 + 82 = 102, 122 + 162 = 202, etc.’ The Spirit of Romance (London: Dent and Sons, 1910) p. 127.Google Scholar
  3. 14.
    Of course, this aspect was fully explored by Ian Bell in his book Critic as Scientist: The Modernistic Poetics of Ezra Pound (London and New York: Methuen, 1981).Google Scholar
  4. 15.
    See Ezra Pound, Selected Prose, ed. William Cookson (New York: New Directions, 1973) p. 28.Google Scholar
  5. 16.
    Quoted in Ralph Burton Perry, The Thought and Character of William James (Boston, Mass.: Little, Brown, 1935) vol. II, pp. 415–16.Google Scholar
  6. 17.
    Fenollosa’s essay was published by Pound first in Instigations (1920) and later in 1936. For Fenollosa’s philosophic implications, see Van Wyck Brooks, Fenollosa and his Circle (New York: Dutton, 1962).Google Scholar
  7. 18.
    Quoted in Bertrand Russell, A Critical Exposition of the Philosophy of Leibnitz, with an Appendix of Leading Passages by Bertrand Russell (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1900) p. 104.Google Scholar

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