Extract from Ezra Pound's Canto VIII.

The Cantos by Ezra Pound is a long, incomplete poem in 116 sections. Most of it was written between 1915 and 1962, although much of the early work was abandoned and the early cantos, as finally published, date from 1922 onwards. Canto VIII serves as a justification for Pound's obsessions with Sigismondo Malatesta, a character that features prominently in the previous cantos. It also served as inspiration for La Piccioletta Barca's name!

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