A Companion to The Cantos of Ezra Pound: Vol. I (Cantos by Carroll F. Terrell

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41. Broglio: [8:41]. 42. mTha calata: I [slang], "he's tricked me" [Tonini, 198·203]. Pound uses the phrase again in his translation of Sophocles' Trachiniae. 43. Istria: Peninsula at N end of Adriatic. Istrian marble was used in building the city of Venice [17/79]. Sigismundo had ordered a large quantity of marble from Istria for his Tempio; the delayed delivery is mentioned in Pietro di Genari's [cf. 53 below] letter [cf. Adrian Stokes, Stones of Rimini, 19·20; DD, Sculptor, 127·131]. 44. Silk war: Prob.

10. " 11. Mons Quade: An associate of Baldy Bacon's. In "Stark Realism" [Pavannes] Pound wrote about Quade: "This little American went to the great city Manhattan. He made two dollars and a half per week. He saw the sheeny girls on the East Side who lunch on two cents worth of bread and sausages, and dress with a flash on the remain- der. He nearly died of it. Then he got a rise. He made fifteen dollars per week selling lllSurance. He wore a monocle with a tortoise·shell rim. ' No lord in The Row has surpassed him.

12/53·55 59 Glossary 1. " Pound alludes to the Theatrum in the Baths of Diocletian, situated at the junction of the Quirinal and Viminal hills in Rome, but the arena of the Cantos is at Verona [4:48], where Pound began his meditations on history. He used the arena as a symbolic stage where many a dramatic or significant moment of human history, past and present, is acted out. At 4/16, "there in the arena" leads into the historical events of Canto V. At 29/145, "toward sundown by the arena / (les gradins)," a linkage is established by repeating "les gradins," suggesting steps up a metaphorical Mt.

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