Ezra Pound’s Fiery 1939 Reading of His Early Poem, ‘Sestina: Altaforte’

Ezra_Pound_1909Early in 1909, Imagist poet, T. E. Hulme met fellow Imagist poet, F. S. Flint, and on March 25 a new Poets’ Club was formed, which included Edward Storer, Joseph Campbell and Florence Farr. On April 22, an American poet, Ezra Pound, joined the group. Pound had just published his volume, Personae, six days before. In the cafe where the group met, Pound read them his Sestina: Altaforte, a mixture of Browning and Provencal poetry, about a warmongering 12th century troubadour. It is reported that the cafe “trembled.”

In this rare recording from 1939, Ezra Pound gives a passionate reading of his poem.

Listen to Ezra Pound read Sestina: Altaforte.

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One response to “Ezra Pound’s Fiery 1939 Reading of His Early Poem, ‘Sestina: Altaforte’

  1. bill stuart

    What an incredibly interesting post Bruce

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