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

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Comment 12 of 297, added on March 20th, 2010 at 12:37 AM.
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Killtrietly from United States
Comment 11 of 297, added on December 21st, 2009 at 11:23 AM.
Ballad of the Goodly Fere

Wow! I have always envisioned Christ as a strong, virile man, who was still
gentle and loving. Otherwise, how could he have appealed to men, women and
children in so many settings. Pound shows that Jesus was both diving and
human, without which He is useless as an atoning sacrifice for my and your
sins.

Gary Hollingshead from United Kingdom
Comment 10 of 297, added on December 21st, 2009 at 11:23 AM.
Ballad of the Goodly Fere

Wow! I have always envisioned Christ as a strong, virile man, who was still
gentle and loving. Otherwise, how could he have appealed to men, women and
children in so many settings. Pound shows that Jesus was both diving and
human, without which He is useless as an atoning sacrifice for my and your
sins.

Gary Hollingshead from United Kingdom
Comment 9 of 297, added on December 2nd, 2009 at 3:53 PM.
Ballad of the Goodly Fere

In response to the comment that Pound's poem makes Jesus just another
mythical hero misses the allusions to Christ's miracles (walking on the
water, healing the lame and the blind, raising the dead, and especially
Himself rising from the dead).

"I'll go to the feast" speaks of the feast in eternity spoken of in the
Bible.

And the last line of the poem speaks of the risen Christ's appearance to
His disciples and His meal recorded in the King James Luke 24:42:"I ha'
seen him eat o' the honey'comb sin they nailed him to the tree."

This is the only poem of Pound's that I am familiar with but it strikes a
visceral chord. Very wonderful!

stephen from United States
Comment 8 of 297, added on March 22nd, 2009 at 11:49 AM.

The phrase 'capon priest' is there not to say he was unpriestly by any
means, but more to describe how he was more personable and like a real man
than the hypocritic jewish priests of the time. The word capon means
neutered chicken. So thus combined with priest it goes to show the speakers
contempt for the 'priests' that were so called "of" God. And that Christ
himself did not act all high and mighty and hypocritical so to speak. But
as it says, 'a man o' men was he.' This implying he was sympathetic to the
common man and that he himself was not only a God but Man also.

And I must agree with David Ross's response to Betty Martin's assesment.

Remmington Campbell 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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