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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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34914 The Return Comments and analysis of The Return by Ezra Pound 74 Comments
34351 An Immorality Comments and analysis of An Immorality by Ezra Pound 115 Comments
27513 A Pact Comments and analysis of A Pact by Ezra Pound 308 Comments
27407 The Tree Comments and analysis of The Tree by Ezra Pound 17 Comments
27006 Canto I Comments and analysis of Canto I by Ezra Pound 23 Comments
25869 Before Sleep Comments and analysis of Before Sleep by Ezra Pound 13 Comments
22686 A Virginal Comments and analysis of A Virginal by Ezra Pound 91 Comments
20810 Cino Comments and analysis of Cino by Ezra Pound 487 Comments
20789 The Bath-Tub Comments and analysis of The Bath-Tub by Ezra Pound 266 Comments
19223 Sestina: Altaforte Comments and analysis of Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound 447 Comments
19004 Ballad of the Goodly Fere Comments and analysis of Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound 315 Comments
13998 Nicotine Comments and analysis of Nicotine by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
12731 These Fought in Any Case Comments and analysis of These Fought in Any Case by Ezra Pound 268 Comments
12151 Taking Leave of a Friend Comments and analysis of Taking Leave of a Friend by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
11597 The Jewel Stairs' Grievance Comments and analysis of The Jewel Stairs' Grievance by Ezra Pound 293 Comments
10842 Ballad for Gloom Comments and analysis of Ballad for Gloom by Ezra Pound 443 Comments
10243 Notes for Canto CXX Comments and analysis of Notes for Canto CXX by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
9718 The Plunge Comments and analysis of The Plunge by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
9637 Statement of Being Comments and analysis of Statement of Being by Ezra Pound 43 Comments
9354 Cantico del Sole Comments and analysis of Cantico del Sole by Ezra Pound 64 Comments
8910 Villanelle: The Psychological Hour Comments and analysis of Villanelle: The Psychological Hour by Ezra Pound 215 Comments
8569 Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord Comments and analysis of Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord by Ezra Pound 55 Comments
8335 Ezra on the Strike Comments and analysis of Ezra on the Strike by Ezra Pound 16 Comments
7886 Lament of the Frontier Guard Comments and analysis of Lament of the Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
7228 The Fault of It Comments and analysis of The Fault of It by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
7042 Ione, Dead the Long Year Comments and analysis of Ione, Dead the Long Year by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6605 Medallion Comments and analysis of Medallion by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6256 In Tempore Senectutis Comments and analysis of In Tempore Senectutis by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6127 Historion Comments and analysis of Historion by Ezra Pound 15 Comments
5891 Invern Comments and analysis of Invern by Ezra Pound 155 Comments
5175 Francesca Comments and analysis of Francesca by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
4954 La Regina Avrillouse Comments and analysis of La Regina Avrillouse by Ezra Pound 35 Comments
4878 Quies Comments and analysis of Quies by Ezra Pound 18 Comments
2611 A Girl Comments and analysis of A Girl by Ezra Pound 173 Comments
1901 Canto XLIX Comments and analysis of Canto XLIX by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
1900 And the days are not full enough Comments and analysis of And the days are not full enough by Ezra Pound 39 Comments
1849 Alba Comments and analysis of Alba by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
1469 The Lake Isle Comments and analysis of The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound 16 Comments
1435 The Seeing Eye Comments and analysis of The Seeing Eye by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
1397 Dance Figure Comments and analysis of Dance Figure by Ezra Pound 55 Comments
1380 The Seafarer Comments and analysis of The Seafarer by Ezra Pound 44 Comments
1059 The Logical Conclusion Comments and analysis of The Logical Conclusion by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
1016 Grace Before Song Comments and analysis of Grace Before Song by Ezra Pound 34 Comments
966 Envoi Comments and analysis of Envoi by Ezra Pound 85 Comments
933 The Garden Comments and analysis of The Garden by Ezra Pound 306 Comments
896 L'Art Comments and analysis of L'Art by Ezra Pound 289 Comments
852 Portrait d'Une Femme Comments and analysis of Portrait d'Une Femme by Ezra Pound 247 Comments
842 Ité
842 Song in the Manner of Housman Comments and analysis of Song in the Manner of Housman by Ezra Pound 52 Comments
839 Villonaud for This Yule Comments and analysis of Villonaud for This Yule by Ezra Pound 39 Comments
828 The Summons Comments and analysis of The Summons by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
754 The Garret Comments and analysis of The Garret by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
729 Ancient Music Comments and analysis of Ancient Music by Ezra Pound 63 Comments
688 Song of the Bowmen of Shu Comments and analysis of Song of the Bowmen of Shu by Ezra Pound 22 Comments
677 The Needle Comments and analysis of The Needle by Ezra Pound 79 Comments
645 In the Old Age of the Soul Comments and analysis of In the Old Age of the Soul by Ezra Pound 271 Comments
589 The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Comments and analysis of The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound 339 Comments
542 Silet Comments and analysis of Silet by Ezra Pound 227 Comments
519 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 30 Comments
451 Masks Comments and analysis of Masks by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
320 Sub Mare
309 from "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" Comments and analysis of from 1 Comment
199 In A Station Of The Metro Comments and analysis of In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound 163 Comments
132 Canto XIII Comments and analysis of Canto XIII by Ezra Pound 70 Comments
111 Ts'ai Chi'h Comments and analysis of Ts'ai Chi'h by Ezra Pound 95 Comments
103 Further Instructions Comments and analysis of Further Instructions by Ezra Pound 7 Comments
66 The Encounter Comments and analysis of The Encounter by Ezra Pound 7 Comments
60 Salutation Comments and analysis of Salutation by Ezra Pound 14 Comments
48 Song Comments and analysis of Song by Ezra Pound 466 Comments
7 Meditatio Comments and analysis of Meditatio by Ezra Pound 82 Comments
4 Epilogue Comments and analysis of Epilogue by Ezra Pound 7 Comments
3 Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) Comments and analysis of Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) by Ezra Pound 36 Comments
2 Tame Cat


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