Ezra Pound


Of all the literary figures in the 20th century Ezra Pound has been one of the most controversial. He has also been modern poetry's one of the most important contributors. In an introduction to the Literary Essays of Ezra Pound T.S Eliot declared that Pound is more responsible for the 20th century revolution in poetry than is any other individual. Four decades later Donald Hall reaffermed that Ezra Pound is the poet who a thousand times more than any other man has made modern poetry possible in English.

In imitation of French avant grade movements Pound invented the term imagism to help publicize the poetry of the American poet H.D Or Hilda Dolittle Pound started the three tenets of imagism in 1913.
First direct treatment of the thing whether subjective or objective second to use obsolutly no word that does not contribute to the presentation third to compose in the sequence of the musical phrase not the sequence of a metronome.
Pound emphasis on direct treatment suggests the influence of painting as a model. He wants to avoid unescessary words and champions free verse. He believed that he was breaking away from symbolism by subjecting its emotionalism.
His major poem of the war years the "Homage to sextus Properties" translates and adapts passage from the writings of a difficult poet of the early Roman Empire into a modern American voice.
Pound and Yeats made a number of literary discoveries of authors living in relative obscurity. Before the war Yeats had championed the poetry of Rabindra nath Tagore's and Pound published Tagore's work in poetry. Pound also took up the cause of Robert Frost but more successfully he befriended two writer who with his help would be come the central figures of modern English literature T.S Eliot and James Joyce.

In 1917 Pound became the London editor of "The Little Review". In 1924 he moved away to Italy to live there for the next 20 years. Living in London Paris and Italy, Pound wrote some of the most challenging beautiful poetry of the era including his masterpiece "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley".
Pound epic "The Cantos" begun during the First World War shares some of the features of 'The Waste Land'. It makes use of quotation and allusion to other poets in a method that somewhat resembles cubist college but a epic length. Pound combines borrowings from Homer the provencal poet Renaissance, President John Adams Robert Browning and Chinese poetry with so economic and social theories to relate what he calls, the tale of the tribe. 

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