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

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Comment 10 of 300, 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

Gary Hollingshead from United Kingdom
Comment 9 of 300, 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

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 300, 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
Comment 7 of 300, added on December 11th, 2008 at 11:58 PM.

I laughed out loud at the comment that the poem was irony, meant to show
that Christ was no more than folk hero. Talk about missing the point! The
poem is meant to show that Christ, the REAL Christ, is real man ... and
real God.

David Ross from United States
Comment 6 of 300, 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 300, 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 300, 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 300, 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 300, 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 300, 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
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