In reviewing David Moody's book, Ezra Pound, Poet: The Tragic Years 1939 - 1972 (2016), writer Allan Massie made clear Ezra Pound's bizarre reasoning as to why the poet chose to broadcast Fascisti propaganda for five straight years.
I am speaking of known facts, obtained in the only cities where truth still reigns: Rome, Berlin and Tokyo."- so rambled the ex-patriot American poet Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972) in one of his one hundred radio broadcasts in which he spewed Axis blather for his vulgar friends in Mussolini's government.
Pound helped to introduce Asian literature to English speaking readers of poetry, both here and in his 1915 collection Cathay. Good job, Ezra.
Poetry probably began as prayers or magical chants intended to work changes in the world. Pound can be read as going back to the really ancient roots of the poetic tradition, making it clear that he found the modern world as full of magic as it ever was.
Both poets turned to untraditional sources for inspiration, Pound chose to turn to classical Chinese poetry and Eliot to the ironic poems of the 19th century French symbolist poet and then followed Pound to Europe and wrote poems which, in their extreme concision and precise visualization, most purely embodied his famous doctrine of Imagism.
Please note. The work of Ezra Pound is still in copyright so we cannot include any of it here. Instead, you will find in this collection some ebooks by authors that inspired Pound, as described in the essay.
...ists in effecting this change were a handful of American poets.
Ezra Pound, the most aggressively modern of these poets, made "Make it new!" his own battle cry.
The poet wandering in the underworld—the only one alive in a world of the dead—is a familiar theme in Classical poetry. The Latinate word "apparition" signals us that Pound is acting like the poet Virgil or Dante, wandering through a world full of ghosts. Spooky.
The poem is direct and economical in other ways as well. Pound doesn't have time for in the poem. He could have said that the faces of people waiting for a train were "like" petals on a tree branch, but instead he creates what he called an "equation," transforming a dark subway tunnel in Paris on a rainy day into a Japanese painting of a delicate branch, or, more relevantly, a Japanese court poem from the 16th century.
This is Pound's response to WWI from the perspective of a narrator. Like Eliot's poem "The Lovesong Of J. Alfred Prufrock," Hugh Selwyn demands patience and effort from readers, but it offers bigtime rewards. Also like Eliot's work, this poem brings ancient ideas and texts into the present.
Eliot on Modernism On Ezra Pound’s quote on modernism, he claims that "the modern age wants a literature that reflects an image of itself: "accelerated" and mass produced ("a mould in plaster/Made with no loss of time) as well as superficial." This means that today’s society wants a literature that resembles itself, fast paced and shallow.
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Let the wind speak
that is paradise.
Let the Gods forgive what I have made
Let those I love try to forgive what I have made.
— -from Canto 120, Ezra Pound More than Books published in his lifetime
1908 A Lume Spento.
It was he more than anyone who made poets write modern verse, editors publish it, and readers read it" (374)
One poem that stood out for me was Pound's work "A Virginal." Composed in 1912, this is a great example of Pound's skillful and early developing sonnets.
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