Date of Award

Summer 1992

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Bates, Milton

Second Advisor

Duffy, Edward

Third Advisor

Ford, Karen


Toward the end of his fruitful, turbulent career, Ezra Pound summarized his literary life this way: "[I]f I have made any contribution to criticism I have done so by introducing the ideogrammic system" (IM 73). In replying to Yvor Winters' charge that his Cantos are obscure, Pound suggested that Winters should familiarize himself with the ideogrammic method before reading his poetry. 2 Clearly Pound regarded the "ideogrammic method" as essential to understanding both his criticism and his poetry...



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