Canto II Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Women and Femininity
"Canto II" is all about beauty, and when Pound talks about beauty, he tends to talk a lot about female beauty. Among his many interests, you see, Pound was a pretty big fan of the tradition of cour...
You'll be hard-pressed to find a poet who was more interested in outward appearances than Pound was. In all of his writing, Pound isn't the type of guy to say something like, "Forget appearances; i...
Man and the Natural World
Whenever Pound mentions the natural world in "Canto II," it seems to be for the purpose of showing us that nature doesn't really care all that much about the drama of human life. While the Trojan W...
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 obses...
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