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Quotations From EZRA POUND

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  • 11.
    But the one thing you shd. not do is to suppose that when something is wrong with the arts, it is wrong with the arts ONLY.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "ZWECK or the AIM," pt. 1, ch. 5, Guide to Kulchur (1938).
  • 12.
    Here is a dirty book worth reading ... a bawdy which will be very useful to put Wyndham and J.J. into their proper cubby holes; cause Miller is sore and without kinks.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. (first published in Paris, 1934), letter, Dec. 1, 1934. Quoted in Karl Shapiro,"The Greatest Living Author," preface, Tropic of Cancer (1961). Referring to Tropic of Cancer, first published in Paris but suppressed in the U.S. until 1961, when it became a bestseller. "Wyndham" was Wyndham Lewis," J.J.," James Joyce.
  • 13.
    Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. The ABC of Reading, ch. 3 (1934).
  • 14.
    AS A MIND, who the hell else is there left for me to take an interest IN??
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. letter, Aug. 28, 1934. quoted in A Serious Character, pt. 3, ch. 13, Humphrey Carpenter (1988). referring to Mussolini. In the opening lines of Canto 74, first of Pound's Pisan Cantos (written in 1948 while he was awaiting trial for treason), Pound spoke of "the enormous tragedy of the dream in the peasant's bent shoulders." Interviewed in May 1945, he had described Mussolini as "a very human, imperfect character who lost his head."
  • 15.
    If I could believe the Quakers banned music because church music is so damn bad, I should view them with approval.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. letter, Aug. 23, 1917, to Pound's father. quoted in Humphrey Carpenter, A Serious Character, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1988). Pound's grandfather was a Quaker.

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  • 16.
    If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. ABC of Reading, ch. 3 (1934).
  • 17.
    The curse of me & my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, June 7-8, 1920, to James Joyce. Pound/Joyce: The Letters of Ezra Pound to James Joyce, ed. Forrest Read (1968).
  • 18.
    Literature does not exist in a vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social function exactly proportional to their ability as writers. This is their main use.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. ABC of Reading, ch. 3 (1934).
  • 19.
    No good poetry is ever written in a manner twenty years old, for to write in such a manner shows conclusively that the writer thinks from books, convention and cliché, not from real life.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "Prologomena," Poetry Review (London, Feb. 1912).

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  • 20.
    Literature is news that STAYS news.
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. ABC of Reading, ch. 2 (1934). "If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays," Pound wrote in ch. 3.
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