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In a short section describing Louis Till's possible encounter with Pound--they may or may not have had a conversation shortly before Till was executed--Wideman relies on Pound's cryptic allusions in The Pisan Cantos, which refer to Till as the mythological ram with the golden fleece and describe him using a Chinese character meaning "no" or "is not." It's all we have.
Her survey--spanning Gower's Confessio Amantis, Chaucer's Legend of Good Women and Melibee, to English translations of Christine de Pisan s Epistre Othea --considers the variety of ways in which female characters offered advice and shows how women could be represented in ways which run contrary to antifeminist assumptions.
If in the Pisan Cantos (1948) Pound's elegy of Fascist Italy is uncontested and the controversial 1949 Bollinger Prize awarded to that book confirms the value of Pound's purest poetry, lamenting the barbarity of war, (3) in these Cantos 72-73, the fascist ideological element is extremely disturbing, and the use of Guido Cavalcanti's aristocratic figure for propaganda is quite uncanny.
The event, held on Monday October 6th, was hosted by Thai diplomats led by Pisan Manawapat, ambassador to Canada.
After his arrest, he thoroughly expected (or mordantly projected an expectation of) his imminent execution for treason--he was apparently living on borrowed time when he wrote The Pisan Cantos (1948).
We might think of this as Ursula's city of ladies, comparing it to Christine de Pisan's early feminist catalog of noteworthy women (powerful, martial, intellectual, virtuous, religious), although hers is far less stable and schematic than Christine's.
In the great days of Pisan independence, it was the political heart of the city, and at one entrance stood the famous Torre di Fame where (in the late 13th century) Ugolino della Gherardesca was starved to death along with his sons and grandsons.
Here, on a yellow pad turned sideways, Pound began writing The Pisan Cantos, the first and longest of which leaps between descriptions of the DTC, remarks about contemporary politics, observations of the natural world, and memories of Pound's youth.
The importance of Noh drama to Ezra Pound's poetry, and especially to his Cantos, has long been acknowledged and has previously been approached from a variety of perspectives: focusing on the sources and accuracy of the translations in 'Noh' Or Accomplishment; debating the degree of Pound's understanding of the genre and the individual plays; tracing the references to specific Noh plays in the Cantos; and even arguing that the Cantos is structured around the organizing principles of Noh drama and that The Pisan Cantos can be read as a Noh play.
Directed by Pino Di Buduo from Italy's Teatro Potlach theatre company, the musical performance, Tribute to Edith Piaf, saw Joao Cravinho, Ambassador of the European Union, and his Thai counterpart, Pisan Manawapat, joining members of the Swiss Embassy, even as the ageless model Jesse Randhawa stood proud and tall with her choreographer husband Sandeep Soparrkar and danseuse Sonal Mansingh, and bureaucrat- danseuse Shovana Narayan and her husband Herbert Traxl caught up with friends.
As a tuning fork for the exercise I offered two passages from the "Pisan Cantos" by Ezra Pound, a man possessed by rotten prejudices who was nonetheless among the most generous critics America has ever produced, "il miglior fabbro" as T.S.
As she says, many of her sources have been read and quoted by these other scholars, including the English Tudor military experts, and the familiar continental authorities such as Pisan and Machiavelli.
Maria la Fossa center, with Women's Port and Palumbo Port, where during the Early Middle Ages a Pisan jmerchants colony settled (Bova, 2007).