The mousseline of Cos,

from Ezra Pound – Hugh Selwyn Mauberley I (Life and Contacts) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Cos/Kos

Is a Greek island which became known for its quality muslin

textiles during the height of the Roman Empire.

While these garments were themselves works of art, of human craft and labor, they have been replaced in modernity by the mass-produced, flimsy, ornamentation of “The tea-rose, gown, etc.” i.e. By the machination of kitch.

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