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Analysis and comments on Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound

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Comment 6 of 96, added on July 25th, 2008 at 7:27 AM.

This poem is filled with irony. It cleverly depicts Christ as a folk hero.
The implication being that he is no different from other mythical heroes
such as robin hood or king arthur.

Betty Martin from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 96, added on March 15th, 2008 at 2:38 AM.

"the hounds of the crimson sky gave toungue"
oh my god, they don't write 'em like that anymore . . .

Andrew from United States
Comment 4 of 96, added on June 9th, 2007 at 4:02 AM.

Anger? Oh please.
Judgement? Oh please.
A man of the Word? Uhmmm....

NO capon PRIEST was the Goodly Fere
But a MAN O' MEN was he
(my emphases)

t from Italy
Comment 3 of 96, added on April 16th, 2006 at 7:20 PM.

This is a poem - and there are not too many of them.

Danis Dincer from United States
Comment 2 of 96, added on December 23rd, 2005 at 12:15 PM.

This is probably my favorite poem about Jesus. He is portrayed to be so
strong and masculine, as is reflected in the Bible. Today we hear about
his gentle, non-judgmental and forgiving nature and tend to forget that he
was capable of righteous anger and did not mince words when he observed a
wrong. As he was also a carpenter we can assume he had a measure of
physical strength also.

Joan from United States
Comment 1 of 96, added on November 1st, 2005 at 3:48 PM.

This poem, in my opinion, is without a doubt the finest and most powerful
poem that Ezra Pound wrote. It gives such a visual image of Christ, not as
a weak preacher, but as a strong man of the Word. We would do well to take
note in our own lives.

Chris from United States

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: Ballad of the Goodly Fere
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 22 2000


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