Quotations From EZRA POUND


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  • Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even the most rigorous study of an art originally intended to make glad the heart of man.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "Warning," prefatory, ABC of Reading (1934).

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  • Technique is the test of sincerity. If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say, it is of inferior value.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • I have never known anyone worth a damn who wasn't irascible.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Remark made in 1917. quoted in Humphrey Carpenter, A Serious Character, pt. 2, ch. 17 (1988).
  • Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
  • No verse is libre for the man who wants to do a good job.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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