Ezra Pound


Born
in Hailey, Idaho, The United States
October 30, 1885

Died
November 01, 1972

Genre

Influences


Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and intellectual who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early-to-mid 20th century poetry.

Pound's The Cantos contains music and bears a title that could be translated as The Songs—although it never is. Pound's ear was tuned to the motz et sons of troubadour poetry where, as musicologist John Stevens has noted, "melody and poem existed in a state of the closest symbiosis, obeying the same laws and striving in their different media for the same sound-ideal - armonia."

In his essays, Pound wrote of rhythm as "the hardest quality of a man's style to counterfeit." He challenged young poets to train their ear with translation work to learn how the choice of words and the
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Selected Poems of Ezra Pound

3.90 avg rating — 8,240 ratings — published 1928 — 9 editions
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The Cantos

3.92 avg rating — 4,978 ratings — published 1970 — 19 editions
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ABC of Reading

3.94 avg rating — 1,409 ratings — published 1934 — 21 editions
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Personæ: The Shorter Poems

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4.09 avg rating — 1,002 ratings — published 1926 — 19 editions
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Literary Essays of Ezra Pound

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4.04 avg rating — 472 ratings — published 1954 — 11 editions
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The Pisan Cantos

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4.18 avg rating — 411 ratings — published 1948 — 13 editions
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Poems and Translations

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4.07 avg rating — 303 ratings — published 2003
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Guide to Kulchur

3.81 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 1938 — 4 editions
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Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

3.77 avg rating — 183 ratings — published 1920 — 29 editions
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Ezra Pound: Translations

4.28 avg rating — 132 ratings — published 1953 — 4 editions
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“Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”
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Which one was your favorite poem?

The love poems of Marichiko Kenneth Rexroth
 
  3 votes, 27.3%

Jabberwocky Lewis Carroll
 
  3 votes, 27.3%

Ezra PoundCantos XLV
 
  2 votes, 18.2%

Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night Dylan Thomas
 
  1 vote, 9.1%

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  1 vote, 9.1%

Do not Go Gentle into that Good Night (write-in)
 
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