Ezra Pound, A Quinzaine for this Yule

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While Pound was living in Venice in 1908, as well as putting together and getting published

A Lume Spento

, his first collection of poems, he built up a handwritten compilation of other poems in a manuscript that has subsequently become known as

The San Trovaso Notebook

. When Pound transferred to London later that year, he raided the notebook for the majority of the poems in his second collection,

A Quinzaine For This Yule

, initially by Pollock and Co. The book was eventually promoted out of Elkin Mathews's bookshop, an influential literary London venue, but was again self-financed. The title reveals Pound's penchant for the linguistically obscure: “quinzaine” is an archaic term relating to the fifteen days of a religious festival. Since there are precisely fifteen poems in the…

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Citation: Wilson, Peter. "A Quinzaine for this Yule". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 October 2003 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8960, accessed 19 June 2024.]

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