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Biography of Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Ezra Pound is generally considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry. In the early teens of the twentieth century, he opened a seminal exchange of work and ideas between British and American writers, and was famous for the generosity with which he advanced the work of such major contemporaries as W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H. D., James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and especially T. S. Eliot. His own significant contributions to poetry begin with his promulgation of Imagism, a movement in poetry which derived its technique from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry - stressing clarity, precision, and economy of language, and foregoing traditional rhyme and meter in order to, in Pound's words, "compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome." His later work, for nearly fifty years, focused on the encyclopedic epic poem he entitled The Cantos.

Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, in 1885. He completed two years of college at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a degree from Hamilton College in 1905. After teaching at Wabash College for two years, he travelled abroad to Spain, Italy and London, where, as the literary executor of the scholar Ernest Fenellosa, he became interested in Japanese and Chinese poetry. He married Dorothy Shakespear in 1914 and became London editor of the Little Review in 1917. In 1924, he moved to Italy; during this period of voluntary exile, Pound became involved in Fascist politics, and did not return to the United States until 1945, when he was arrested on charges of treason for broadcasting Fascist propaganda by radio to the United States during the Second World War. In 1946, he was acquitted, but declared mentally ill and committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. During his confinement, the jury of the Bollingen-Library of Congress Award (which included a number of the most eminent writers of the time) decided to overlook Pound's political career in the interest of recognizing his poetic achievements, and awarded him the prize for the Pisan Cantos (1948). After continuous appeals from writers won his release from the hospital in 1958, Pound returned to Italy and settled in Venice, where he died, a semi-recluse, in 1972.



73 Poems written by Ezra Pound

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First LineComments
(From the early Anglo-Saxon text) Comments and analysis of The Seafarer by Ezra Pound 36 Comments
After Li Po Comments and analysis of The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound 140 Comments
Simon Zelotes speaking after the Crucifixion. Comments and analysis of Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound 104 Comments
All the while they were talking the new morality Comments and analysis of The Encounter by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
And the days are not full enough Comments and analysis of And the days are not full enough by Ezra Pound 27 Comments
And then went down to the ship, Comments and analysis of Canto I by Ezra Pound 16 Comments
As a bathtub lined with white porcelain, Comments and analysis of The Bath-Tub by Ezra Pound 66 Comments
As cool as the pale wet leaves Comments and analysis of Alba by Ezra Pound 9 Comments
Blue mountains to the north of the walls, Comments and analysis of Taking Leave of a Friend by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
By the North Gate, the wind blows full of sand, Comments and analysis of Lament of the Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
Come, let us pity those who are better off than we are. Comments and analysis of The Garret by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
Come, my songs, let us express our baser passions. Comments and analysis of Further Instructions by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
Come, or the stellar tide will slip away. Comments and analysis of The Needle by Ezra Pound 65 Comments
Earth's winter cometh Comments and analysis of Invern by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
Empty are the ways, Comments and analysis of Ione, Dead the Long Year by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
En robe de parade. Comments and analysis of The Garden by Ezra Pound 102 Comments
For God, our God is a gallant foe Comments and analysis of Ballad for Gloom by Ezra Pound 53 Comments
For the Marriage in Cana of Galilee Comments and analysis of Dance Figure by Ezra Pound 48 Comments
For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses: Comments and analysis of Canto XLIX by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
For three years, out of key with his time, Comments and analysis of E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre by Ezra Pound 24 Comments
For three years, out of key with his time, Comments and analysis of from 1 Comment
Go, dumb-born book, Comments and analysis of Envoi by Ezra Pound 77 Comments
Go, my songs, seek your praise from the young
Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth, Comments and analysis of L'Art by Ezra Pound 81 Comments
Here we are, picking the first fern-shoots Comments and analysis of Song of the Bowmen of Shu by Ezra Pound 16 Comments
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Hymn to the Dope Comments and analysis of Nicotine by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
I am a grave poetic hen Comments and analysis of Statement of Being by Ezra Pound 41 Comments
I can not bow to woo thee Comments and analysis of The Summons by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
I do not choose to dream; there cometh on me Comments and analysis of In the Old Age of the Soul by Ezra Pound 139 Comments
I had over prepared the event, Comments and analysis of Villanelle: The Psychological Hour by Ezra Pound 22 Comments
I have tried to write Paradise Comments and analysis of Notes for Canto CXX by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman-- Comments and analysis of A Pact by Ezra Pound 96 Comments
I stood still and was a tree amid the wood, Comments and analysis of The Tree by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
I would bathe myself in strangeness: Comments and analysis of The Plunge by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
It is, and is not, I am sane enough,
It rests me to be among beautiful women
Italian Campagna 1309, the open road Comments and analysis of Cino by Ezra Pound 78 Comments
Kung walked Comments and analysis of Canto XIII by Ezra Pound 69 Comments
Lady of rich allure, Comments and analysis of La Regina Avrillouse by Ezra Pound 35 Comments
LOQUITUR: En Bertans de Born. Dante Alighieri put this man in hell Comments and analysis of Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound 60 Comments
Lord God of heaven that with mercy dight Comments and analysis of Grace Before Song by Ezra Pound 33 Comments
Luini in porcelain! Comments and analysis of Medallion by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
No man hath dared to write this thing as yet, Comments and analysis of Historion by Ezra Pound 10 Comments
No, no! Go from me. I have left her lately. Comments and analysis of A Virginal by Ezra Pound 89 Comments
O chansons foregoing Comments and analysis of Epilogue by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
O fan of white silk, Comments and analysis of Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord by Ezra Pound 54 Comments
O generation of the thoroughly smug Comments and analysis of Salutation by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
O God, O Venus, O Mercury, patron of thieves, Comments and analysis of The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
O woe, woe, Comments and analysis of Song in the Manner of Housman by Ezra Pound 51 Comments
See, they return; ah, see the tentative Comments and analysis of The Return by Ezra Pound 63 Comments
Sing we for love and idleness, Comments and analysis of An Immorality by Ezra Pound 106 Comments
Some may have blamed us that we cease to speak Comments and analysis of The Fault of It by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Comments and analysis of In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound 153 Comments
The jewelled steps are already quite white with dew, Comments and analysis of The Jewel Stairs' Grievance by Ezra Pound 84 Comments
The lateral vibrations caress me, Comments and analysis of Before Sleep by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
The petals fall in the fountain, Comments and analysis of Ts'ai Chi'h by Ezra Pound 85 Comments
The small dogs look at the big dogs; Comments and analysis of The Seeing Eye by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
The thought of what America would be like Comments and analysis of Cantico del Sole by Ezra Pound 60 Comments
The tree has entered my hands, Comments and analysis of A Girl by Ezra Pound 151 Comments
These fought in any case, Comments and analysis of These Fought in Any Case by Ezra Pound 67 Comments
These tales of old disguisings, are they not Comments and analysis of Masks by Ezra Pound 4 Comments
This is another of our ancient loves. Comments and analysis of Quies by Ezra Pound 15 Comments
Towards the Noel that morte saison Comments and analysis of Villonaud for This Yule by Ezra Pound 35 Comments
Wal, Thanksgivin' do be comin' round. Comments and analysis of Ezra on the Strike by Ezra Pound 15 Comments
When I am old Comments and analysis of In Tempore Senectutis by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
When I behold how black, immortal ink Comments and analysis of Silet by Ezra Pound 28 Comments
When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs Comments and analysis of Meditatio by Ezra Pound 71 Comments
Winter is icummen in, Comments and analysis of Song by Ezra Pound 68 Comments
Winter is icummen in, Comments and analysis of Ancient Music by Ezra Pound 57 Comments
You came in out of the night Comments and analysis of Francesca by Ezra Pound 6 Comments
Your mind and you are our Sargasso Sea, Comments and analysis of Portrait d'Une Femme by Ezra Pound 44 Comments
"Vocat aestus in umbram" Comments and analysis of Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) by Ezra Pound 33 Comments


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