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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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36381 The Return Comments and analysis of The Return by Ezra Pound 82 Comments
28818 The Tree Comments and analysis of The Tree by Ezra Pound 26 Comments
28809 A Pact Comments and analysis of A Pact by Ezra Pound 317 Comments
26949 Before Sleep Comments and analysis of Before Sleep by Ezra Pound 28 Comments
23845 A Virginal Comments and analysis of A Virginal by Ezra Pound 106 Comments
22147 The Bath-Tub Comments and analysis of The Bath-Tub by Ezra Pound 277 Comments
20407 Ballad of the Goodly Fere Comments and analysis of Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound 329 Comments
20394 Sestina: Altaforte Comments and analysis of Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound 457 Comments
14745 Nicotine Comments and analysis of Nicotine by Ezra Pound 15 Comments
13776 These Fought in Any Case Comments and analysis of These Fought in Any Case by Ezra Pound 284 Comments
12822 Taking Leave of a Friend Comments and analysis of Taking Leave of a Friend by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
12628 The Jewel Stairs' Grievance Comments and analysis of The Jewel Stairs' Grievance by Ezra Pound 307 Comments
12533 Ballad for Gloom Comments and analysis of Ballad for Gloom by Ezra Pound 454 Comments
10937 Notes for Canto CXX Comments and analysis of Notes for Canto CXX by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
10389 The Plunge Comments and analysis of The Plunge by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
10263 Statement of Being Comments and analysis of Statement of Being by Ezra Pound 46 Comments
10109 Cantico del Sole Comments and analysis of Cantico del Sole by Ezra Pound 73 Comments
9298 Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord Comments and analysis of Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord by Ezra Pound 67 Comments
8946 Ezra on the Strike Comments and analysis of Ezra on the Strike by Ezra Pound 21 Comments
8492 Lament of the Frontier Guard Comments and analysis of Lament of the Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound 10 Comments
7700 The Fault of It Comments and analysis of The Fault of It by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
7677 Ione, Dead the Long Year Comments and analysis of Ione, Dead the Long Year by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
7153 Medallion Comments and analysis of Medallion by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
7008 Invern Comments and analysis of Invern by Ezra Pound 163 Comments
6853 In Tempore Senectutis Comments and analysis of In Tempore Senectutis by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
6621 Historion Comments and analysis of Historion by Ezra Pound 18 Comments
5438 La Regina Avrillouse Comments and analysis of La Regina Avrillouse by Ezra Pound 40 Comments
5417 Quies Comments and analysis of Quies by Ezra Pound 19 Comments
4041 A Girl Comments and analysis of A Girl by Ezra Pound 189 Comments
3124 And the days are not full enough Comments and analysis of And the days are not full enough by Ezra Pound 45 Comments
3069 Alba Comments and analysis of Alba by Ezra Pound 28 Comments
2938 Canto XLIX Comments and analysis of Canto XLIX by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
2319 The Lake Isle Comments and analysis of The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound 19 Comments
2252 Dance Figure Comments and analysis of Dance Figure by Ezra Pound 73 Comments
2250 L'Art Comments and analysis of L'Art by Ezra Pound 302 Comments
2170 The Seafarer Comments and analysis of The Seafarer by Ezra Pound 49 Comments
2154 Song of the Bowmen of Shu Comments and analysis of Song of the Bowmen of Shu by Ezra Pound 38 Comments
2129 Ts'ai Chi'h Comments and analysis of Ts'ai Chi'h by Ezra Pound 107 Comments
2069 The Garden Comments and analysis of The Garden by Ezra Pound 326 Comments
1876 Francesca Comments and analysis of Francesca by Ezra Pound 14 Comments
1817 The Garret Comments and analysis of The Garret by Ezra Pound 26 Comments
1712 The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Comments and analysis of The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound 350 Comments
1665 The Logical Conclusion Comments and analysis of The Logical Conclusion by Ezra Pound 10 Comments
1636 Grace Before Song Comments and analysis of Grace Before Song by Ezra Pound 36 Comments
1611 Envoi Comments and analysis of Envoi by Ezra Pound 90 Comments
1577 Ancient Music Comments and analysis of Ancient Music by Ezra Pound 71 Comments
1543 Villonaud for This Yule Comments and analysis of Villonaud for This Yule by Ezra Pound 40 Comments
1459 The Summons Comments and analysis of The Summons by Ezra Pound 7 Comments
1451 Song Comments and analysis of Song by Ezra Pound 467 Comments
1448 Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) Comments and analysis of Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) by Ezra Pound 38 Comments
1423 In A Station Of The Metro Comments and analysis of In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound 176 Comments
1358 Ité
1335 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 38 Comments
1270 Silet Comments and analysis of Silet by Ezra Pound 233 Comments
1251 Salutation Comments and analysis of Salutation by Ezra Pound 36 Comments
1216 The Encounter Comments and analysis of The Encounter by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
1176 Meditatio Comments and analysis of Meditatio by Ezra Pound 95 Comments
1039 Tame Cat
1007 Canto XIII Comments and analysis of Canto XIII by Ezra Pound 87 Comments
959 Canto I Comments and analysis of Canto I by Ezra Pound 32 Comments
922 Portrait d'Une Femme Comments and analysis of Portrait d'Une Femme by Ezra Pound 255 Comments
829 Masks Comments and analysis of Masks by Ezra Pound 22 Comments
816 Sub Mare
808 Cino Comments and analysis of Cino by Ezra Pound 504 Comments
793 from "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" Comments and analysis of from 1 Comment
731 Further Instructions Comments and analysis of Further Instructions by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
716 Epilogue Comments and analysis of Epilogue by Ezra Pound 16 Comments
646 The Needle Comments and analysis of The Needle by Ezra Pound 95 Comments
635 Villanelle: The Psychological Hour Comments and analysis of Villanelle: The Psychological Hour by Ezra Pound 223 Comments
499 Song in the Manner of Housman Comments and analysis of Song in the Manner of Housman by Ezra Pound 56 Comments
126 An Immorality Comments and analysis of An Immorality by Ezra Pound 147 Comments
76 In the Old Age of the Soul Comments and analysis of In the Old Age of the Soul by Ezra Pound 276 Comments
42 The Seeing Eye Comments and analysis of The Seeing Eye by Ezra Pound 3 Comments


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