Ezra Pound

(30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972 / Hailey / Idaho)

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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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  • ''"You the one, I the few"
    said John Adams
    speaking of fears in the abstract
    to his volatile friend Mr. Jefferson,''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Canto LXXXI (l. 49-52). . . The Cantos of Ezra Pound. (1970, repr. 1991) New Directions.
  • ''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).
  • ''Yet
    Ere the season died a-cold
    Borne upon a zephyr's shoulder
    Irose through the aureate sky''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Canto LXXXI (l. 94-97). . . The Cantos of Ezra Pound. (1970, repr. 1991) New Directions.
  • As a bathtub lined with white porcelain,
    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...
    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...
  • ''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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  • Christian Gehman (4/27/2012 11:40:00 AM)

    There was a very good reason why Eliot dedicated The Wasteland to Ezra Pound as Il Miglior Fabbro (the better maker) , as you will see if you take the trouble to read the facsimile editon of the manuscript, which shows how Pound's changes and suggestions created the poem we know today. It seems at least likely that he did the same kind of work on Prufrock. My problem with Four Quartets is that it contains passages that properly ought to have been edited out. - Christian Gehman

  • Christian Gehman (1/4/2012 7:24:00 AM)

    Pound can't really be considered madder than any other poet... St. Elizabeth's was part of the plea bargain... helped him escape execution for treason... wrote some of his best Cantos there... few people have read 'em. Even fewer have read Jefferson and or Mussolini. Possibly Pound's fascism prefigures and is emblematic of America's descent into corporatism? (fascism without the popular dictator?) after WWII....?

  • Christian Gehman (1/4/2012 7:21:00 AM)

    Pound can hardly be considered mad... certainly no madder than any other poet... St. Elizabeth's was part of his plea bargain agreement to avoid execution for treason after WWII.

  • Emeni Phimu (11/12/2009 5:49:00 AM)

    tell me full reference of this poem also difficult words and word meaning including examples

  • Rookie - 75 Points Uriah Hamilton (7/12/2005 8:31:00 AM)

    Mad twentieth century poet
    Of brilliance!

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