Late Summer Reading

c stirling bartholomew cc.constantine at
Mon Jul 30 01:26:41 EDT 2001

Been casting about for something to break up the routine of working on NT
Greek and Homer's Iliad. I was using the Iliad to break up the routine but
now the Iliad has become a routine of its own. I intend to keep at it but it
is no longer a routine breaker.

In the process I stumbled upon Ezra Pound's Electra (edited by Rudd Fleming
and Richard Reid, 1989, Princeton). This book contains a fair amount of
Greek text, or at least what appears to be Greek text transliterated in all
capital letters. 

Does anyone know if these are all just citations from classics or does Pound
make up some of his own Greek material? From what I can glean from the
introduction it sounds like most of it is cited material but I am not sure
if all of it is. Don't want to get bogged down trying to read Greek that was
composed by him since reading his English is enough of a challenge.

Anyway it is a strange book which is no surprise given the author.


Clayton Stirling Bartholomew
Three Tree Point
P.O. Box 255 Seahurst WA 98062

PS on Ezra Pound

I just discovered that as a young child I lived within a few miles of Ezra
Pound for six years in the early 50's. He was incarcerated by the feds in
St. Elizabeth's in Maryland and that hospital was just on the other side of
the woods behind our house. I used to walk in the woods and we were always
being warned about the possibility of meeting an escaped mental patient in
the woods.

I guess I can now claim that I was influence by Ezra Pound. Makes a certain
amount of sense actually.  Since I have been influenced by the people who
were influenced by him. T.S. Eliot,  Ernest Hemingway, L. Fernlingetti, the
list goes on and on. Kind of funny to think that our pet beagle might have
been chasing and barking at E. Pound in the woods behind our house. 

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