Quotations From EZRA POUND
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Any general statement is like a cheque drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. ABC of Reading, ch. 1, sct. 2 (1934).
And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there.... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "Patria Mia," New Age (London, Sept. 18, 1912).
Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Poetry (Chicago, October 1914). Pound was fulminating against the motto on Poetry's cover, that, "To have great poets, there must be great audiences too"Ma quote by Whitman. Pound preferred to think that the arts were dependent on no one.
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A general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct.Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. New English Weekly (London, May 14, 1936).
In verse one can take any damn constant one likes, one can alliterate, or assone, or rhyme, or quant, or smack, only one MUST leave the other elements irregular.Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, July 30, 1920, to Ford Madox Ford. Published in Pound/Ford: The Story of a Literary Friendship, ed. Brita Lindberg-Seyersted (1982).
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Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. How to Read, pt. 2 (1931).
There will be a crowd of young women doing homage to my palaver,Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Homage to Sextus Propertius. . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
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The modern artist must live by craft and violence. His gods are violent gods.... Those artists, so called, whose work does not show this strife, are uninteresting.Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Egoist (London, February 1914).
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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. collector John Quinn to assist the new renaissance of the arts that Pound believed would happen.
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).
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