Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet and critic and a major figure in the early modernist movement in poetry. He became known for his role in developing Imagism, which, in reaction to the Victorian and Georgian poets, favored tight language, unadorned imagery, and a strong correspondence between the verbal and musical qualities of the verse and the mood it expressed. His best-known works include Ripostes (1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920), and his unfinished 120-section epic, The Cantos, which consumed his middle and late career, and was published between 1917 and 1969.
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- In a Station of the Metro
- A Girl
- And the days are not full enough
- A Pact
- An Immorality
- Before Sleep
- Ancient Music
- Canto 1
- A Virginal
- Ballad for Gloom
- Canto 49
- A Song Of The Degrees
- Ballad of the Goodly Fere
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''"You the one, I the few"Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Canto LXXXI (l. 49-52). . . The Cantos of Ezra Pound. (1970, repr. 1991) New Directions.
said John Adams
speaking of fears in the abstract
to his volatile friend Mr. Jefferson,''
''Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.''Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. The ABC of Reading, ch. 3 (1934).
''YetEzra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Canto LXXXI (l. 94-97). . . The Cantos of Ezra Pound. (1970, repr. 1991) New Directions.
Ere the season died a-cold
Borne upon a zephyr's shoulder
Irose through the aureate sky''
As a bathtub lined with white porcelain,Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. repr. In Collected Shorter Poems (1984). The Bath Tub, Lustra (1916). The poem is thought to be address...
When the hot water gives out or goes tepid,
So is the slow cooling of our chivalrous passion,
O my much praised but-not-altogether-satisfa...
''What counts is the cultural level,''Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Canto LXXXI (l. 64). . . The Cantos of Ezra Pound. (1970, repr. 1991) New Directions.
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