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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
34289 The Return Comments and analysis of The Return by Ezra Pound 68 Comments
33690 An Immorality Comments and analysis of An Immorality by Ezra Pound 112 Comments
26765 A Pact Comments and analysis of A Pact by Ezra Pound 297 Comments
26626 The Tree Comments and analysis of The Tree by Ezra Pound 14 Comments
26599 Canto I Comments and analysis of Canto I by Ezra Pound 20 Comments
25226 Before Sleep Comments and analysis of Before Sleep by Ezra Pound 9 Comments
22309 A Virginal Comments and analysis of A Virginal by Ezra Pound 90 Comments
20201 Cino Comments and analysis of Cino by Ezra Pound 465 Comments
20139 The Bath-Tub Comments and analysis of The Bath-Tub by Ezra Pound 256 Comments
18765 Sestina: Altaforte Comments and analysis of Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound 438 Comments
18490 Ballad of the Goodly Fere Comments and analysis of Ballad of the Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound 305 Comments
13631 Nicotine Comments and analysis of Nicotine by Ezra Pound 12 Comments
12161 These Fought in Any Case Comments and analysis of These Fought in Any Case by Ezra Pound 260 Comments
12111 Canto XIII Comments and analysis of Canto XIII by Ezra Pound 69 Comments
11743 Taking Leave of a Friend Comments and analysis of Taking Leave of a Friend by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
11289 The Jewel Stairs' Grievance Comments and analysis of The Jewel Stairs' Grievance by Ezra Pound 285 Comments
10618 Tame Cat
10398 Ballad for Gloom Comments and analysis of Ballad for Gloom by Ezra Pound 429 Comments
10133 Ts'ai Chi'h Comments and analysis of Ts'ai Chi'h by Ezra Pound 89 Comments
9840 Notes for Canto CXX Comments and analysis of Notes for Canto CXX by Ezra Pound 2 Comments
9378 Statement of Being Comments and analysis of Statement of Being by Ezra Pound 42 Comments
9333 The Plunge Comments and analysis of The Plunge by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
8949 Cantico del Sole Comments and analysis of Cantico del Sole by Ezra Pound 61 Comments
8669 Further Instructions Comments and analysis of Further Instructions by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
8583 Villanelle: The Psychological Hour Comments and analysis of Villanelle: The Psychological Hour by Ezra Pound 211 Comments
8241 Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord Comments and analysis of Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord by Ezra Pound 55 Comments
8039 Ezra on the Strike Comments and analysis of Ezra on the Strike by Ezra Pound 15 Comments
7617 Lament of the Frontier Guard Comments and analysis of Lament of the Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
6958 The Fault of It Comments and analysis of The Fault of It by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6703 Ione, Dead the Long Year Comments and analysis of Ione, Dead the Long Year by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
6343 Medallion Comments and analysis of Medallion by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
5921 In Tempore Senectutis Comments and analysis of In Tempore Senectutis by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
5840 Historion Comments and analysis of Historion by Ezra Pound 14 Comments
5540 Invern Comments and analysis of Invern by Ezra Pound 145 Comments
4718 La Regina Avrillouse Comments and analysis of La Regina Avrillouse by Ezra Pound 35 Comments
4668 Quies Comments and analysis of Quies by Ezra Pound 18 Comments
2325 Francesca Comments and analysis of Francesca by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
1967 A Girl Comments and analysis of A Girl by Ezra Pound 156 Comments
1734 In A Station Of The Metro Comments and analysis of In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound 155 Comments
1365 Canto XLIX Comments and analysis of Canto XLIX by Ezra Pound 1 Comment
1360 And the days are not full enough Comments and analysis of And the days are not full enough by Ezra Pound 33 Comments
1326 Alba Comments and analysis of Alba by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
1061 The Lake Isle Comments and analysis of The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound 13 Comments
1047 The Seeing Eye Comments and analysis of The Seeing Eye by Ezra Pound 3 Comments
1033 The Seafarer Comments and analysis of The Seafarer by Ezra Pound 40 Comments
929 Dance Figure Comments and analysis of Dance Figure by Ezra Pound 53 Comments
877 The Garden Comments and analysis of The Garden by Ezra Pound 297 Comments
796 Epilogue Comments and analysis of Epilogue by Ezra Pound 5 Comments
762 The Logical Conclusion Comments and analysis of The Logical Conclusion by Ezra Pound 4 Comments
713 Grace Before Song Comments and analysis of Grace Before Song by Ezra Pound 34 Comments
692 Envoi Comments and analysis of Envoi by Ezra Pound 80 Comments
609 Villonaud for This Yule Comments and analysis of Villonaud for This Yule by Ezra Pound 38 Comments
569 Song in the Manner of Housman Comments and analysis of Song in the Manner of Housman by Ezra Pound 51 Comments
554 The Summons Comments and analysis of The Summons by Ezra Pound 4 Comments
535 Ité
289 Ancient Music Comments and analysis of Ancient Music by Ezra Pound 62 Comments
283 The Garret Comments and analysis of The Garret by Ezra Pound 7 Comments
253 L'Art Comments and analysis of L'Art by Ezra Pound 271 Comments
245 Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) Comments and analysis of Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) by Ezra Pound 34 Comments
218 The Encounter Comments and analysis of The Encounter by Ezra Pound 4 Comments
207 Portrait d'Une Femme Comments and analysis of Portrait d'Une Femme by Ezra Pound 241 Comments
197 Salutation Comments and analysis of Salutation by Ezra Pound 11 Comments
191 Silet Comments and analysis of Silet by Ezra Pound 214 Comments
186 The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter Comments and analysis of The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound 332 Comments
170 In the Old Age of the Soul Comments and analysis of In the Old Age of the Soul by Ezra Pound 232 Comments
169 Meditatio Comments and analysis of Meditatio by Ezra Pound 75 Comments
152 Song Comments and analysis of Song by Ezra Pound 457 Comments
151 The Needle Comments and analysis of The Needle by Ezra Pound 71 Comments
145 Song of the Bowmen of Shu Comments and analysis of Song of the Bowmen of Shu by Ezra Pound 22 Comments
138 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
82 Masks Comments and analysis of Masks by Ezra Pound 8 Comments
71 Sub Mare
67 from "Hugh Selwyn Mauberly" Comments and analysis of from 1 Comment


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