Pound - Pound' .In"CantoI"fromTheCantos, Homer,.Capturing

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Pound's lifetime of carving resulted in a masterwork of 116 stanzas that spanned the four decades of  his mature and declining years. In "Canto I," from The Cantos, he imitates the style and diction of  Homer, whose Odyssey follows the fate-hounded Greek sailor all over the Mediterranean. Capturing  the music of keel over waves and wind on sail, Pound envisions a "swart ship," the boat that the  Circe helped Odysseus build to make his final leg of the journey home. It is painted black, Greek  fashion; the color prefigures description of that dark nether world that Odysseus must traverse and  the murky rites he must perform to acquire the prophet Tiresias' direction. To stress the grimness of  the underworld, the poet relies on a heavy sibilance of repeated sounds in "sterile bulls," "best for  sacrifice," and the double alliteration of "flowed in the fosse." In lush phrases, Pound enacts the scene at the trench, where Odysseus must feed the thronging 
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