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.
Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho Territory, the only child of Homer ... more »
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- A Girl
- In a Station of the Metro
- And the days are not full enough
- A Pact
- An Immorality
- Ancient Music
- Before Sleep
- Ballad for Gloom
- Canto I
- The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
- A Virginal
- Canto 49
- A Song Of The Degrees
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''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).
''I dunno what my 23 infantile years in America signify. I left as soon as motion was autarchicI mean my motion.''Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, October 29, 1940. The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941, ed. D.D. Paige (1950).
''Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you cd. do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint cd. think he understood.''Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, March 7, 1940. The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941, ed. D.D. Paige (1951).
''If a patron buys from an artist who needs money (needs money to buy tools, time, food), the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.''Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, March 8, 1915. The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941, ed. D.D. Paige (1951). Pound urged U.S. col...
I consider criticism merely a preliminary excitement, a statement of things a writer has to clear up in his own head sometime or other, probably antecedent to writing; of no value unless it come to fr...Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Criterion (London, Jan. 1923).
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