Contemporary Faces of the River Merchant's Wife

Contemporary Faces of the River Merchant's Wife

Contemporary Faces of the River Merchant's Wife

T. S. Eliot, in 1928, famously called Ezra Pound “the inventor of Chinese poetry for our time.” Eliot was referring to Pound’s renditions of fourteen Chinese poems in Cathay (1915). This remark may for some seem arrogant and orientalist, a term Edward Said would half a century later coin to critique the West’s at times self-serving constructions of the East. That said, many consider Cathay to be responsible for first sparking an interest in classical Chinese poetry in the West. Eliot Weinberger, for example, believes that “Cathay had set off a small landslide of Chinese poetry translation.”