1] "Note.--This is not folk music, but Dr. Ker writes that the tune is found under the latin words of a very ancient canon." (Pound's note.) Pound is parodying the Middle English lyric "Sumer is icumen in," and his reference to W. P. Ker (1855-1923) and to the source Ker discovered, shows an admiration for classical forms.
2] Lhude: a pun of "loud" and "lewd."
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Original text: Ezra Pound, "Poems," Blast 2 (London, July 1915): 20. See also Ezra Pound's Poetry and Prose: Contributions to Periodicals, prefaced and arranged by Lea Baechler, A. Walton Litz, and James Longenbach (New York and London: Garland, 1991), II (1915-1917): 95. PS 3531 O82A6 1991 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1915
Publication date note: See Gallup C194
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 4:2002/4/15
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