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Ezra Pound - from "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly"

For three years, out of key with his time,
He strove to resuscitate the dead art
Of poetry; to maintain "the sublime"
In the old scene.Wrong from the start--

No, hardly, but seeing he had been born
In a half-savage country, out of date;
Bent resolutely on wringing lilies from the acorn;
Capaneus; trout for factitious bait;

[idmen gar toi pant, hos eni Troiei]
Caught in the unstopped ear;
Giving the rocks small lee-way
The chopped seas held him, therefore, that year.

His true Penelope was Flaubert,
He fished by obstinate isles;
Observed the elegance of Circe's hair
Rather than the mottoes on sun-dials.

Unaffected by "the march of events,"
He passed from men's memory in l'an trentuniesme
De son eage; the case presents
No adjunct to the Muses' diadem.

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from "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" - Comments and Information

Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: from "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly"
Poem of the Day: Sep 20 2009

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 27th, 2009 at 6:41 PM.

the poem has lost its title (ode pour l'election de son sepulchre) and it is incomplete

bj mansvelt beck from Netherlands

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