Fenollosa – Pound – Yeats: (Certain Noble Plays of Japan)

From The Manuscripts Of Ernest Fenollosa,Chosen And FinishedBy Ezra PoundWith An Introduction By William Butler YeatsFenollosa, Pound and Yeats are all members of Robert Anton Wilsons 'all star cast' for The Tale Of The Tribe.Here we have one document which features 1/4 of the stars. Well worth the read i presume. In particular for anyone … Continue reading Fenollosa – Pound – Yeats: (Certain Noble Plays of Japan)

Cathay: Ezra Pound’s re-imagination of Chinese Poetry by Kerry Brown

Cathay: Ezra Pound's re-imagination of Chinese PoetryThis slim volume, born from an accidental discovery, set the tone for modern translations of Chinese poetry into EnglishBy Kerry BrownThis year marks the hundredth anniversary of the first publication of Ezra Pound's slender volume of oriental poems, Cathay. While the collection does not have the fame of his … Continue reading Cathay: Ezra Pound’s re-imagination of Chinese Poetry by Kerry Brown

Plunder or preservation? How Asian art came to U.S.

'America's involvement with China goes back to the late 18th century, when Yankee ships began to trade fur pelts and wheat (and later opium) for tea, silks and dishware. As early as 1845-1847, Boston presented the "Great Chinese Museum." Harvard University trained and underwrote many early explorers of China's cultural and archaeological heritage. The 19th … Continue reading Plunder or preservation? How Asian art came to U.S.

Japanese Noh Play: Chant and music (from wikipedia)

Chant and musicHayashi-kata (noh musicians). Left to right: taiko, ōtsuzumi (hip drum), kotsuzumi (shoulder drum), flute. Noh theatre is accompanied by a chorus and a hayashi ensemble (Noh-bayashi 能囃子). Noh is a chanted drama, and a few commentators have dubbed it "Japanese opera". However, the singing in Noh involves a limited tonal range, with lengthy, repetitive … Continue reading Japanese Noh Play: Chant and music (from wikipedia)

Certain Noble Plays of Japan.

Title: Certain Noble Plays of Japan       From The Manuscripts Of Ernest FenollosaAuthor: Ezra PoundCommentator: William Butler Yeats"All imaginative art keeps at a distance and this distance once chosen must be firmly held against a pushing world. Verse, ritual, music and dance in association with action require that gesture, costume, facial expression, stage arrangement must help … Continue reading Certain Noble Plays of Japan.

Ernest Fenollosa 2014 and TTOTT

"Ezra Pound was no starnger to Oriental art when he met Mary McNeil Fenollosa, the widow of the American Orientalist Ernest Fenollosa (1853-1908), in London in late September 1913."--Zhaoming Qian, Orientalism and Modernism (1994)  pg. 9.   Fenollosa 2014 and TTOTT by Steve Fly "Fenollosa [1853-1908], wrote an essay on "The Chinese WrittenCharacter as a … Continue reading Ernest Fenollosa 2014 and TTOTT

Fenollosa Pound Olson and the Chinese written character

 "The first was Ernest Fenollosa's provocative essay 'The Chinese Wriiten Character as a Medium for Poetry.' He found the Pound-edited text of the essay in the latter's book Instigations and excitedly copied out its main arguments into his notebook that June. Fenollosa's account of the exhaustion of poetic qualities in modern discourse resulting from a … Continue reading Fenollosa Pound Olson and the Chinese written character