Ezra Pound

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

A Song Of The Degrees - Poem by Ezra Pound

I
Rest me with Chinese colours,
For I think the glass is evil.

II
The wind moves above the wheat-
With a silver crashing,
A thin war of metal.

I have known the golden disc,
I have seen it melting above me.
I have known the stone-bright place,
The hall of clear colours.

III
O glass subtly evil, O confusion of colours !
O light bound and bent in, soul of the captive,
Why am I warned? Why am I sent away?
Why is your glitter full of curious mistrust?
O glass subtle and cunning, O powdery gold!
O filaments of amber, two-faced iridescence!


Comments about A Song Of The Degrees by Ezra Pound

  • Sue Davies (5/27/2013 7:11:00 PM)

    I don't understand it...... Not that I'm intellectual... Could someone explain please? (Report) Reply

    Emil Haugstrup (6/21/2016 6:43:00 AM)

    In my opinion the key to harvesting any kind of information from this poem lie in the interpretation of “the glass”. I believe “the glass” is Mr. pound’s way of symbolising anything that appears pretty and transparent, perhaps aimed more specifically at theism(Christianity) . With this in mind the first stanza is a declaration meaning: life should be lived with scars, and I(Ezra) don’t want to leave the word without any. In the second stanza Ezra explains that he has seen many things while living on earth but all are described with sharp hues and shades – none of it is transparent(like glass) . Finally, he concludes in the third stanza that although it appears clear and honest, glass bends light iridescently and thus should not be trusted. I think the questions “Why am I warned? Why am I sent away? ” are directed at the church or faith in general..
    Hope this helps although I am three years late :)

    Emil Haugstrup (6/21/2016 6:39:00 AM)

    In my opinion the key to harvesting any kind of information from this poem lie in the interpretation of “the glass”. I believe “the glass” is Mr. pound’s way of symbolising anything that appears pretty and transparent, perhaps aimed more specifically at theism(Christianity) . With this in mind the first stanza is a declaration meaning: life should be lived with scars, and I(Ezra) don’t want to leave the word without any. In the second stanza Ezra explains that he has seen many things while living on earth but all are described with sharp hues and shades – none of it is transparent(like glass) . Finally, he concludes in the third stanza that although it appears clear and honest, glass bends light iridescently and thus should not be trusted. I think the questions “Why am I warned? Why am I sent away? ” are directed at the church or faith in general..
    Hope this helps although I am three years late :)

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  • Matthew Mitchell (4/8/2013 4:14:00 PM)

    again no one cares (Report) Reply

  • Matthew Mitchell (4/8/2013 4:09:00 PM)

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    ray stop act like a 6 year old on youtube typing Im first Im first Im first no one cares (Report) Reply

  • Cedar Grisly (3/27/2013 3:17:00 AM)

    This poem doesn't make sense to me and it bugs me that I am unable to read it. (Report) Reply

  • Ray Quesada Ray Quesada (10/9/2012 3:44:00 AM)

    how is it possible that this poem has 102 votes, and yet no comments by members? ! ? ! i'm the first one, really? !
    -RQ- (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 1, 2010



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