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Short ancients, minimal Pound.

Over at Social Matter they are going to the beginning of English Poem, to John Skelton: priest, politican and satirist. I’m looking at Pound during his asian phrase. He was moving towards imagism, but I prefer Master Li: “It is no wonder that most genius in China turn to the bottle”

The neo-Confucians do not like novelty or progress. Hence Tu Fu and Li Po drank.

Li Po

Fu I

Fu I loved the high cloud and the hill,
Alas, he died of alcohol.

Li Po

And Li Po also died drunk.
He tried to embrace a moon
In the Yellow River.

Ezra Pound

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