Ezra Pound

(30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972 / Hailey / Idaho)

Ezra Pound Quotes

  • ''A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 3, sct. 5, ch. 20 (1938).
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  • ''Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 3, sct. 5, ch. 19 (1938).
  • ''People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 1, sct. 1, ch. 5 (1938).
  • ''In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Guide to Kulchur, pt. 4, sect. 8, ch. 31 (1938).
  • ''There will be a crowd of young women doing homage to my palaver,''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Homage to Sextus Propertius. . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. How to Read, pt. 2 (1931).
  • ''Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "I Gather the Limbs of Osiris," pt. 1, Selected Prose 1909-1965, ed. William Cookson (1973).
  • ''Poetry is a very complex art.... It is an art of pure sound bound in through an art of arbitrary and conventional symbols.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "I Gather the Limbs of Osiris," pt. 1, Selected Prose 1909-1965, ed. William Cookson (1973).
  • ''Adolf Hitler was a Jeanne d'Arc, a saint. He was a martyr. Like many martyrs, he held extreme views.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Philadelphia Record and Chicago Sun (May 9, 1945).
  • ''Wars are made to make debt.''
    Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).

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Best Poem of Ezra Pound

A Girl

The tree has entered my hands,
The sap has ascended my arms,
The tree has grown in my breast -
Downward,
The branches grow out of me, like arms.

Tree you are,
Moss you are,
You are violets with wind above them.
A child - so high - you are,
And all this is folly to the world.

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Canto 49

For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses:
Rain; empty river; a voyage,
Fire from frozen cloud, heavy rain in the twilight
Under the cabin roof was one lantern.
The reeds are heavy; bent;
and the bamboos speak as if weeping.

Autumn moon; hills rise about lakes
against sunset

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