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    Posted: June 16 2013 at 06:00
Just curious about the prog community's perception of Ezra Pound and his poetry. All commentary welcome.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sheavy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 16 2013 at 07:22
Interesting.
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I like him k

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tubes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2013 at 01:40
Alright now - if you're going to call him an 'Inept Butcher of Language' - PLEASE at least SUPPORT your ASSERTION.
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Went with other due to his questionable ideology at times.
"Outraged by the loss of life during the First World War, he lost faith in England, blaming the war on usury and international capitalism. He moved to Italy in 1924, where throughout the 1930s and 1940s, to his friends' dismay, he embraced Benito Mussolini's fascism, expressed support for Adolf Hitler and wrote for publications owned by Oswald Mosley. The Italian government paid him during the Second World War to make hundreds of radio broadcasts criticizing the United States, as a result of which he was arrested for treason by American forces in Italy in 1945. He spent months in detention in a U.S. military camp in Pisa, including 25 days in a six-by-six-foot outdoor steel cage that he said triggered a mental breakdown, "when the raft broke and the waters went over me." Deemed unfit to stand trial, he was incarcerated in St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C., for over 12 years

Pound in later life was able to incisively analyze what he judged to be his own failings as a writer attributable to his obstinate adherence to ideological fallacies. Meeting with poet Allen Ginsberg in Venice in 1967, Pound provided a self-professed coda to his body of work:

My own work does not make sense. A mess ... my writing, stupidity and ignorance all the way through ... the intention was bad, anything Iíve done has been an accident, in spite of my spoiled intentions the preoccupation with stupid and irrelevant matters ... but my worst mistake was the stupid suburban anti-Semitic prejudice, all along that spoiled everything .... I found after 70 years that I was not a lunatic but a moron. I should have been able to do better .... Itís all doubletalk ... itís all tags and patches ... a mess

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 17 2013 at 09:42
Never heard of him.
Coldness doth get away with the badness.
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Closest I've come to reading his poetry is reading Famous Last Words by Timothy Findley, in which one of Pound's characters (Hugh Selwyn Mauberley) is the main character. Pretty interesting read, even if much is not historical fact.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jim Garten Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2013 at 06:52
Originally posted by Snow Dog

Never heard of him.


As with most so-called artistic 'iconoclasts', you've missed nothing

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Originally posted by Jim Garten

Originally posted by Snow Dog

Never heard of him.


As with most so-called artistic 'iconoclasts', you've missed nothing

The name sounds familiar though. But I probably thought  it was a fictional character. Certainly never knew it was a real person.LOL

Weird.  I consider myself fairly clever (Not by comparison to some of the humbling presences on PA though) but this guy just past me by.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2013 at 07:21
Second-rate rhymer.


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*passed me by
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2013 at 07:33
I never knew of Ezra Pound
Could be dog,could be hound.
For all I knew he could be wound
Around a stick that's used to pick,
A lock that's found in a galleon ship.
That sailed the seas by means of whip,
And sank below without trace or sound,
Of the legendary Mr Pound.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jim Garten Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2013 at 11:24
he's the poetry equivalent of Gilbert & George

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jim Garten Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 10 2013 at 11:27
I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman -
I have detested you long enough.
I come to you as a grown child
Who has had a pig-headed father;
I am old enough now to make friends.
It was you that broke the new wood,
Now is a time for carving.
We have one sap and one root -
Let there be commerce between us.


Deeeeep, man



Sorry, did I say deep? Silly me - - I meant total b***ocks!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote moshkito Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 18 2013 at 12:06
Hi,
 
I have to re-read this stuff. Haven't read it in years, and don't remember it very well.
 
Ezra was one of my father's well known American authors that he wrote many a critical essay on for his books. That whole 50's era in American Literature was well represented in my father's work and was a serious part of his "Comparative Literature" studies and courses at the UC systems that he created in the 70's
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A middling poet grown monstrous from controversy, a mover of modernism, and a reductionist along Japanese and ancient Greek lines. But for all that, he had a keen awareness of what was great in others, hence his championing the writings of W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams and Ernest Hemingway.
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