would sing the American people,
God send them some civilization.
would turn from superficial things
for a time into quite.
I would draw your minds to learn of life in
Certain things really
do matter: Compassion, and
the comfort of friendship.
After we are burnt clear, or even
After we have gone the whole gamut,
exhausted our human
Still is there something greater, some power, some
Some bond beyond the
ordinary bonds of passion and
That rewards us for foregoing
great virtue in strength, even in passive résistance.
us an open mind and the poise and
balance to use it.
sing of the senses developed, I reach towards
If you ask me to write world prescriptions I write so that any
can read it:
I am that
terrible thing the product of American culture
Or rather that product
improved by considerable care and attention.
Write it thus: by their
gods ye shall know them.
The chief god in hell is convention
by that sturdy sire stupidity.
Upon pale fear, in some most proper
Where humans worship a sham
There is hardly room for the
There is more in heaven and
than the priest
and the scientists think.
Ezra Pound, American poet
1885 Ezra Weston Loomis
Pound is born in Hailey, Idaho and raised a Quaker.
1914 Ezra marries Dorothy Shakespear.
1924 Ezra moves to Italy and becames involved in fascist
1945 When the Americans capture Italy Ezra Pound spends
twenty-five days in an open cage during which he suffers a
Upon his repatriation to the
America, Ezra Pound is charged with
treason for broadcasting
propaganda by radio to America during
World War II.
Pound is acquitted of treason, but
declared insane and committed to St.
Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C.
After continuous appeals from writers, including Robert
Frost, Ezra Pound is released from the hospital.
1972 Ezra Pound died a semi-recluse in Venice,
As critic, editor and promoter, Ezra Pound helped the careers of
TS Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost,
Ernest Hemingway, and
an esoteric form of
knowledge that made possible the direct awareness of the Divine, was one of
Ezra Pound's major interests.
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