Personae: The Shorter Poems of Ezra Pound, one of the texts upon which modernism was founded, displays some of the classic poems of the twentieth century.
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If the invention of literary modernism is usually attributed to Joyce, Eliot and Pound, it was Pound’s personality and position in the artistic world that enabled the experiment to transform itself into an international movement. In 1926 Pound brought together the body of his shorter poems into a definitive collection which would illustrate the hallmarks of the new style. This collection, where Pound presented himself in a variety of characters or ‘masks’, was called Personae. In 1926, Personae‘s publication gave solidity to a movement; today the work stands as one of the classic texts of the twentieth century.
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