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> The Pound issue is fascinating to me; the decision not to prosecute him, and the factors going into that, are not discussed as much as they should be, in my opinion.
The relevant points were two:
1) Pound had written the greatest poetry in English in the 20th century
(and the subsequent decades have only confirmed that)
2) It wasn't doing anyone a lot of good to keep him in St. Elizabeths.
nor is it for nothing that the chrysalids mate in the air
color di luce
green splendour and as the sun thru pale fingers
Lordly men are to earth o'ergiven
these the companions:
Fordie who wrote of giants
and William who dreamed of nobility
and Jim the comedian singing:
"Blarrney castle me darlin'
you're nothing now but a StOWne"
and Plarr talking of mathematics
or Jepson lover of jade
Maurie who wrote historical novels
and Newbolt who looked twice bathed
are to earth o'ergiven.
And this day the sun was clouded
--"You sit stiller" said Kokka
"if whenever you move something jangles."