Sara Trevisan wrote:
> In truth, in our pre-collegiate education we have so much
> stuff to study [clip] I was not taught about Malatesta,
I'm not surprised.
Outside readers of the _Cantos_ (and Ph.D.s in pre-modern Italian
history) I doubt that Sigismundo is very well known. I know nothing of
Enrico, but Sigismundo is not "a giant of Italian history" for anyone
but those of us (I among them) who love the _Cantos_. The Malatesta
Cantos themselves stand rather higher than Sigismundo in importance.
It seems to me that to read the _Cantos_ one must pay attention to what
Pound _makes_, in the poem, of his various heroes rather than to what
those 'heroes' were in and of themselves. To put it another way, the
Sigismundo of Cantos 8-11 has more links with John Adams, Thomas Hart
Benton, & Martin Van Buren than he does with the Sigismundo one can look
up in a history text.