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Hamilton to Host Lecture on Ezra Pound and the Troubadours

Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound

Hamilton College will host an illustrated lecture examining Ezra Pound’s work with the troubadour repertoire on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m, in the Burke Library Commons. Anne Azéma, renowned performer and scholar of medieval music, will present the lecture in conjunction with Director of Special Collections Christian Goodwillie. The lecture will feature Azéma performing some of the troubadour songs that were translated by Pound, and she will discuss what has been learned since his pioneering work.

Hamilton College Professor William P. Shephard was a pioneer in the translation of these works and inspired Ezra Pound, Class of 1905, to undertake his own translations. In 1909 and 1910, Pound studied troubadour manuscripts at the British Museum and undertook his first attempts at translating the poetry of Arnaut Daniel (fl. 1180-1200). In 1912, seven years after graduating from Hamilton, Pound embarked on a walking tour of Provence, hoping to visit many of the haunts of his favorite troubadour poets.

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