Journal Article

Ezra Pound: The One-Principle Text

Chungeng Zhu

in Literature and Theology

Volume 20, issue 4, pages 394-410
Published in print December 2006 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 2006 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI:
Ezra Pound: The One-Principle Text

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Confucianism, Pound writes, “is one, indivisible, a nature extending to every detail as the nature of being oak or maple extends to every part of the oak tree or maple.” Pound considers Confucianism a universal principle of truth manifest both in nature and in culture. He also follows Confucianism as a literary method in making his art, which he calls the one-principle text. This article examines how Pound applies his Confucianism as a unifying method in The Cantos, and how his one-principle text, together with his ideogrammic method, embodies his innovation of translating his reading of Confucian philosophy into Confucian poetics.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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