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Pound wan ted to study Co mparative Lite rature, a field not yet organized at the un iversity level, which favored literat ur e divided along na tional lines . Pou nd soon fell o ut of favor: in th e sp ring of 190 7, he was told that his fellowsh ip would not be renewed and that he would be asked to stay o n only as an instructor. He was upset at this change and remained ang ry at Penn fo r years, en ding a 1929 letter to the Alu m n i Secretary, for example, wit h th is pos tsc rip t: 'All the U.
The city was his principal subject, an absorption deflected only by the appearance of A Lume Spento in the third week of July. However, the first twenty copies or so of the book were spoiled by poor trimming by the printer who cut off too much margin making 'the thing look like a Sunday School hymn book' (SCIl 94). D. 2 The poems in A LIIIIIC Spento embody the two traditions that had the greatest influence on Pound before 1912: medieval literature of southern France and British literature from roughly 1840 to 1900, especially Browning and the Pre-Raphaelites, plus the early Yeats.
His attitude towards America also began to shift. Until th en a patriot, he bega n to qu estion the country's comm itment to culture and its values in the face of such n arrow mindedness. D. To them, he told the truth, at least the truth of the orphan-in-the-storm story . His parents were shocked, although the loyal Isabel Pound was unwilling to acknowledge any wrongdoing on her son's part, while Homer good naturedly forgave his son . D. and William Brooke Smith - were scandalized by Pound's actions.