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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
34457 The Return Comments and analysis of The Return by Ezra Pound 70 Comments
33917 An Immorality Comments and analysis of An Immorality by Ezra Pound 113 Comments
26962 A Pact Comments and analysis of A Pact by Ezra Pound 303 Comments
26870 The Tree Comments and analysis of The Tree by Ezra Pound 14 Comments
26714 Canto I Comments and analysis of Canto I by Ezra Pound 20 Comments
25459 Before Sleep Comments and analysis of Before Sleep by Ezra Pound 10 Comments
22412 A Virginal Comments and analysis of A Virginal by Ezra Pound 90 Comments
20399 Cino Comments and analysis of Cino by Ezra Pound 477 Comments
20327 The Bath-Tub Comments and analysis of The Bath-Tub by Ezra Pound 261 Comments
18855 Sestina: Altaforte Comments and analysis of Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound 442 Comments
18650 Ballad of the Goodly Fere Comments and analysis of Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound 306 Comments
13729 Nicotine Comments and analysis of Nicotine by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
12311 These Fought in Any Case Comments and analysis of These Fought in Any Case by Ezra Pound 264 Comments
12212 Canto XIII Comments and analysis of Canto XIII by Ezra Pound 69 Comments
11871 Taking Leave of a Friend Comments and analysis of Taking Leave of a Friend by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
11364 The Jewel Stairs' Grievance Comments and analysis of The Jewel Stairs' Grievance by Ezra Pound 290 Comments
10831 Tame Cat
10540 Ballad for Gloom Comments and analysis of Ballad for Gloom by Ezra Pound 432 Comments
10229 Ts'ai Chi'h Comments and analysis of Ts'ai Chi'h by Ezra Pound 90 Comments
9949 Notes for Canto CXX Comments and analysis of Notes for Canto CXX by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
9438 Statement of Being Comments and analysis of Statement of Being by Ezra Pound 42 Comments
9431 The Plunge Comments and analysis of The Plunge by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
9058 Cantico del Sole Comments and analysis of Cantico del Sole by Ezra Pound 62 Comments
8764 Further Instructions Comments and analysis of Further Instructions by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
8674 Villanelle: The Psychological Hour Comments and analysis of Villanelle: The Psychological Hour by Ezra Pound 213 Comments
8296 Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord Comments and analysis of Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord by Ezra Pound 55 Comments
8111 Ezra on the Strike Comments and analysis of Ezra on the Strike by Ezra Pound 15 Comments
7669 Lament of the Frontier Guard Comments and analysis of Lament of the Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
7024 The Fault of It Comments and analysis of The Fault of It by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6805 Ione, Dead the Long Year Comments and analysis of Ione, Dead the Long Year by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6406 Medallion Comments and analysis of Medallion by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6004 In Tempore Senectutis Comments and analysis of In Tempore Senectutis by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
5905 Historion Comments and analysis of Historion by Ezra Pound 14 Comments
5631 Invern Comments and analysis of Invern by Ezra Pound 150 Comments
4772 La Regina Avrillouse Comments and analysis of La Regina Avrillouse by Ezra Pound 35 Comments
4709 Quies Comments and analysis of Quies by Ezra Pound 18 Comments
3446 Francesca Comments and analysis of Francesca by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
2163 A Girl Comments and analysis of A Girl by Ezra Pound 161 Comments
2015 The Garden Comments and analysis of The Garden by Ezra Pound 299 Comments
1916 In A Station Of The Metro Comments and analysis of In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound 156 Comments
1520 And the days are not full enough Comments and analysis of And the days are not full enough by Ezra Pound 34 Comments
1514 Canto XLIX Comments and analysis of Canto XLIX by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
1456 Alba Comments and analysis of Alba by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
1179 The Lake Isle Comments and analysis of The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound 15 Comments
1156 The Seeing Eye Comments and analysis of The Seeing Eye by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
1122 The Seafarer Comments and analysis of The Seafarer by Ezra Pound 41 Comments
1092 Dance Figure Comments and analysis of Dance Figure by Ezra Pound 53 Comments
879 Epilogue Comments and analysis of Epilogue by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
827 The Logical Conclusion Comments and analysis of The Logical Conclusion by Ezra Pound 4 Comments
777 Grace Before Song Comments and analysis of Grace Before Song by Ezra Pound 34 Comments
750 Envoi Comments and analysis of Envoi by Ezra Pound 82 Comments
649 Villonaud for This Yule Comments and analysis of Villonaud for This Yule by Ezra Pound 39 Comments
636 The Summons Comments and analysis of The Summons by Ezra Pound 4 Comments
630 Song in the Manner of Housman Comments and analysis of Song in the Manner of Housman by Ezra Pound 51 Comments
612 Ité
449 Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) Comments and analysis of Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) by Ezra Pound 35 Comments
446 L'Art Comments and analysis of L'Art by Ezra Pound 275 Comments
408 Ancient Music Comments and analysis of Ancient Music by Ezra Pound 63 Comments
404 The Garret Comments and analysis of The Garret by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
391 Portrait d'Une Femme Comments and analysis of Portrait d'Une Femme by Ezra Pound 245 Comments
391 The Encounter Comments and analysis of The Encounter by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
359 Salutation Comments and analysis of Salutation by Ezra Pound 13 Comments
322 In the Old Age of the Soul Comments and analysis of In the Old Age of the Soul by Ezra Pound 242 Comments
288 Meditatio Comments and analysis of Meditatio by Ezra Pound 76 Comments
280 Song of the Bowmen of Shu Comments and analysis of Song of the Bowmen of Shu by Ezra Pound 22 Comments
278 Silet Comments and analysis of Silet by Ezra Pound 219 Comments
276 The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Comments and analysis of The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound 335 Comments
269 Song Comments and analysis of Song by Ezra Pound 460 Comments
261 The Needle Comments and analysis of The Needle by Ezra Pound 73 Comments
241 E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre Comments and analysis of E.P. Ode Pour L'election De Son Sepulchre by Ezra Pound 26 Comments
180 Masks Comments and analysis of Masks by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
131 from "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" Comments and analysis of from 1 Comment
115 Sub Mare


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