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By Ezra Pound

This significant paintings, first released in 1934, is a concise assertion of Pound’s aesthetic concept. it's a primer for the reader who desires to preserve an energetic, severe brain and develop into more and more delicate to the wonder and concept of the world’s most sensible literature. With attribute vigour and iconoclasm, Pound illustrates his precepts with shows meticulously selected from the classics, and the concluding “Treatise on Meter” presents an illuminating essay for somebody meaning to learn and write poetry. ABC of Reading monitors Pound’s nice skill to open new avenues in literature for our time.

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G. 1028, 1040, 1078). g. 1, 2, 128, 144, 160, 208, 237, 241, 296, 324, 350, 364, 368, 440, 481, 512, 523, 547, 554, 563, 638, 639, 661, 718, 762, 799, 820, 823, 890, 986, 1088, 1091, 1119, 1126, 1132, 1139, 1167, 1195, 1200, 1251, 1271. I have discussed the oversight of this important body of evidence in reviewing a recent edition of Lucretius (see Butterfield (2011) 598–9). 68 Accordingly, the presence of these two strata of corrections (many of which are manifestly wrong) in π dismisses the possibility of (i), unless we posit that π was fully ‘corrected’ by collation with O or an apograph made after the work of O2, a most improbable supposition.

Thirdly, it is rather awkward to assume that Niccoli chose to have L copied not directly from the Poggianus, which he had in his hands for at least a dozen years, but instead from its apograph ξ. 512). Fifth, it would be strange that the readings of π, the manuscript owned by an influential patron (Niccoli) and then a great scholar (Poggio), should have had so little input into the tradition, there being apparently no direct apograph from it other than ξ: that the collation used by r can show up some forty readings of O (or its early 119 40 For this reconstruction we must assume that π itself was clear on this point, as the confusion very rarely occurred in φ or the corrections of r.

As Reeve (2005, 156) rightly objected, Flores’ proposed stemma is actually tripartite (πO2 : OQS : Dungal’s codex), and in the great majority of the text where Dungal had no active involvement, it must be treated as bipartite (for Dungal’s failure to correct, as will be shown in Chapter 4, does not guarantee his belief in the text’s veracity). Flores failed to explain how M contained the incorrect emendations of Dungal, if they are indeed drawn from an independent source,84 and how π agrees with O in manifest errors so often against ψ, particularly since it (or Q or S) was not given to emendation.

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