MYTHOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN EZRA POUND CANTO I



Domas Auga
Šiaulių universitetas



The article discusses mythological elements and mythological transformations in E. Pound’s Canto I. E. Pound displays various mythological transformations by using imagism, montage, collage and depersonalization techniques. In E. Pound’s poetry the myth gains new significances, it is converted into a single sing or very short action that becomes the narrative only for the readers who analyze the essential meanings of the poet’s texts. In Canto I the myth is used as a specific narration that reveals the pre-logos state, ritualistic experience and the initial point of creation. The poetical text of E. Pound reflects the narration of the myth and resembles its structure. The brevity of the language, laconic expressions, and the eternal existence of the present makes Cantos I the specific invariant of the myth of Odysseus. The myth in E. Pound’s Cantos I is a dynamic and pluralistic form of narration that includes a big variety of meanings and reflects all different types of Odysseus myth invariants. The esthetic concept of E. Pound transforms the myth of Odysseus up to its eternal source, reveals its pre-verbal meaning. Because of the petrifaction and weakness of verbal and written forms to transform the myth up to its eternal point, E. Pound uses the imagist technique, which enables him to depurate the language of the poems and to use the words as images or hieroglyphs that contain the essence of mythological transformation.

DOMAS AUGA
Šiaulių universitetas
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