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The Candlei"And then went in to a pine room full of sun.",Jan Owen,
1982single work poetry
The poem is set in 1989, when 'szabadsag',(freedom) reached Hungary in the wake of Glasnost,and Russian troops are leaving. The narrator describes the room of a cultured and liberal schoolteacher doing a thesis on 'Contrapuntal Techniques' in Ezra Pound's 'Cantos.' Quotations from Pound and references to his chair (ie. his time) in Venice set up a delicate counterpoint between new freedom and ongoing culture in Hungary, Pound's WWII Fascism, and what is implied to be the enduring value of his poetry.