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By Willene B. Clark, Meredith T. McMunn

The medieval bestiary, or moralized publication of beasts, has loved giant attractiveness over the centuries and it maintains to steer either literature and paintings. This choice of essays goals to illustrate the scope and diversity of bestiary experiences and the ways that the medieval bestiary might be addressed. The individuals write in regards to the culture of 1 of the bestiary's birds, Parisian creation of the manuscripts, bestiary animals in a liturgical publication, theological in addition to secular interpretations of beasts, bestiary creatures in literature, and new views at the bestiary in different genres.

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Browning's 'set belief' not only distorts 'life' but, Pound claims, also makes him 'preach', since dogmatism is a natural product of intellectual conviction. Pound asks instead: 'Can I hold off from preaching', and expands his meaning in the following passage: 28 Pound in Multiple Perspective What am I at? You silly fool How often must I stop the narrative to say That this is life. These things are life, Of which neither you nor I make head or tail. , low to desire controll [sic]. All we can do is to set forth our own good within some other's reach.

Crabbe. ', The Future I (February 1917); LE 276, 278. Ezra Pound and Marcella Spann (eds), Confucius to Cummings (New York: New Directions, 1964) p. 338; hereafter cited as CC. 'Landor ... was quick to see Browning's prying inquisitiveness' (GK 287). Henry James, The Middle Years (London: Collins, 1917) p. 106. Interestingly, Pound printed 'Sibrandus Schafnaburgensis' in From Confucius to Cummings. Pound in Multiple Perspective 38 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64.

I think the injured tone of Pound's expostulation here, and his exaggerated loathing of the Agamemnon, reflect his realisation that Browning's overweening claims for Sardella were inconsistent with the eclecticism of Balaustion's Adventure. If it is the duty of a translator to be 'literal at all costs', then the poet loses his freedom from, and with, his predecessors, who swell up again into tyrannical fathers, demanding slavish imitation and forbidding the 'theft' of eclectic borrowing. And if the only escape is to repudiate or pre-empt any influence, Pound's desire to interweave the achievements of 'previous inventors' into a permissive heritage becomes either an impossible dream or an all-too-real nightmare.

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