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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The Needle

Come, or the stellar tide will slip away.
Eastward avoid the hour of its decline,
Now! for the needle trembles in my soul!

Here have we had the vantage, the good hour.
Here we have had our day, your day and mine.
Come now, before this power
That bears us up, shall turn against the pole.
Mock not the flood of stars, the thing's to be.

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