There are few things in this world that Ezra Pound hated more than greed, especially the money-hungry kind. For him, the modern world was totally ruined by people's obsession with money. This obsession, Pound thought, was responsible for taking people's attention away from what really mattered. Family? Nope. Peace? Try again. Pound was mad at greed for taking people's attention away from beauty. We know it might be tough to get your head around, but for Pound, there was nothing in life more important than the pursuit of beauty. Oh yeah, and it couldn't be just any beauty. As you might have picked up from reading "Canto II," it had to be the kind you read about in classical mythology and see in classical sculptures.
Watch out, corporate raiders. In "Canto II," Pound shows us that there is no sin greater than greed, and no sin more deserving of harsh punishment.
In "Canto II," Pound tries to make a moral point about greed by referring to old myths. But ultimately, his examples are so obscure that he ends up confusing readers more than teaching them. He gets an A for effort, though.