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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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59599 The Garden Comments and analysis of The Garden by Ezra Pound 99 Comments
33391 The Return Comments and analysis of The Return by Ezra Pound 56 Comments
32768 An Immorality Comments and analysis of An Immorality by Ezra Pound 94 Comments
26485 Song Comments and analysis of Song by Ezra Pound 56 Comments
25966 Canto I Comments and analysis of Canto I by Ezra Pound 16 Comments
25517 The Tree Comments and analysis of The Tree by Ezra Pound 10 Comments
25321 A Pact Comments and analysis of A Pact by Ezra Pound 91 Comments
24336 Before Sleep Comments and analysis of Before Sleep by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
23289 The Encounter Comments and analysis of The Encounter by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
21749 A Virginal Comments and analysis of A Virginal by Ezra Pound 81 Comments
21081 Meditatio Comments and analysis of Meditatio by Ezra Pound 66 Comments
21066 The Needle Comments and analysis of The Needle by Ezra Pound 53 Comments
19129 The Bath-Tub Comments and analysis of The Bath-Tub by Ezra Pound 62 Comments
18596 Cino Comments and analysis of Cino by Ezra Pound 70 Comments
18212 Sestina: Altaforte Comments and analysis of Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound 51 Comments
17802 Ballad of the Goodly Fere Comments and analysis of Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound 94 Comments
17675 Salutation Comments and analysis of Salutation by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
16334 The Garret Comments and analysis of The Garret by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
13671 Masks Comments and analysis of Masks by Ezra Pound 4 Comments
13376 L'Art Comments and analysis of L'Art by Ezra Pound 69 Comments
13170 Nicotine Comments and analysis of Nicotine by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
11628 Canto XIII Comments and analysis of Canto XIII by Ezra Pound 61 Comments
11301 These Fought in Any Case Comments and analysis of These Fought in Any Case by Ezra Pound 59 Comments
11179 In the Old Age of the Soul Comments and analysis of In the Old Age of the Soul by Ezra Pound 123 Comments
11058 Taking Leave of a Friend Comments and analysis of Taking Leave of a Friend by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
10470 The Jewel Stairs' Grievance Comments and analysis of The Jewel Stairs' Grievance by Ezra Pound 72 Comments
9941 Tame Cat
9703 Ballad for Gloom Comments and analysis of Ballad for Gloom by Ezra Pound 45 Comments
9488 Ts'ai Chi'h Comments and analysis of Ts'ai Chi'h by Ezra Pound 75 Comments
9252 Notes for Canto CXX Comments and analysis of Notes for Canto CXX by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
8931 Statement of Being Comments and analysis of Statement of Being by Ezra Pound 40 Comments
8867 The Plunge Comments and analysis of The Plunge by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
8540 Silet Comments and analysis of Silet by Ezra Pound 27 Comments
8404 Cantico del Sole Comments and analysis of Cantico del Sole by Ezra Pound 54 Comments
8220 Further Instructions Comments and analysis of Further Instructions by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
8185 Villanelle: The Psychological Hour Comments and analysis of Villanelle: The Psychological Hour by Ezra Pound 21 Comments
7804 Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord Comments and analysis of Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord by Ezra Pound 48 Comments
7612 Ezra on the Strike Comments and analysis of Ezra on the Strike by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
7213 Lament of the Frontier Guard Comments and analysis of Lament of the Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
6526 The Fault of It Comments and analysis of The Fault of It by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6344 Ione, Dead the Long Year Comments and analysis of Ione, Dead the Long Year by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6331 from "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" Comments and analysis of from 1 Comment
6014 Medallion Comments and analysis of Medallion by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
5596 In Tempore Senectutis Comments and analysis of In Tempore Senectutis by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
5460 Historion Comments and analysis of Historion by Ezra Pound 6 Comments
5237 Invern Comments and analysis of Invern by Ezra Pound 10 Comments
4807 Sub Mare
4392 La Regina Avrillouse Comments and analysis of La Regina Avrillouse by Ezra Pound 33 Comments
4377 Quies Comments and analysis of Quies by Ezra Pound 14 Comments
894 Portrait d'Une Femme Comments and analysis of Portrait d'Une Femme by Ezra Pound 34 Comments
846 Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) Comments and analysis of Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) by Ezra Pound 31 Comments
842 A Girl Comments and analysis of A Girl by Ezra Pound 140 Comments
776 The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Comments and analysis of The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound 137 Comments
672 In A Station Of The Metro Comments and analysis of In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound 149 Comments
633 Francesca Comments and analysis of Francesca by Ezra Pound 6 Comments
570 Canto XLIX Comments and analysis of Canto XLIX by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
561 Alba Comments and analysis of Alba by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
506 And the days are not full enough Comments and analysis of And the days are not full enough by Ezra Pound 17 Comments
485 Ancient Music Comments and analysis of Ancient Music by Ezra Pound 54 Comments
474 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 17 Comments
432 The Lake Isle Comments and analysis of The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
432 The Seafarer Comments and analysis of The Seafarer by Ezra Pound 36 Comments
422 Song of the Bowmen of Shu Comments and analysis of Song of the Bowmen of Shu by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
412 The Seeing Eye Comments and analysis of The Seeing Eye by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
367 Dance Figure Comments and analysis of Dance Figure by Ezra Pound 45 Comments
327 Epilogue Comments and analysis of Epilogue by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
315 Grace Before Song Comments and analysis of Grace Before Song by Ezra Pound 30 Comments
277 Villonaud for This Yule Comments and analysis of Villonaud for This Yule by Ezra Pound 35 Comments
274 Envoi Comments and analysis of Envoi by Ezra Pound 70 Comments
235 The Logical Conclusion Comments and analysis of The Logical Conclusion by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
208 Song in the Manner of Housman Comments and analysis of Song in the Manner of Housman by Ezra Pound 47 Comments
198 Ité
198 The Summons Comments and analysis of The Summons by Ezra Pound 1 Comment


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