Explore Poems GO!

A Pact

Rating: 2.9

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.

Pankaj Saksena 28 October 2009

@ Stanton Hager - I think no one, as poetry is all but dead in this new age of confusion. The crap that those post-modernists can not be called poetry by sane people.

18 41 Reply
Stanton Hager 20 August 2006

I wonder who will be the next GREAT poet in English to make a 'pact' with Pound...

28 9 Reply
Sylvaonyema Uba 14 February 2017

Now is a time for carving. Good delivery. Well done! Sylva.

4 3 Reply
Anil Kumar Panda 17 December 2017

Nice poem. Enjoyed. 'Now is a time for carving. We have one sap and one root - Let there be commerce between us. '..is beautiful.

3 2 Reply
Chinedu Dike 08 June 2020

Well expressed thoughts and feelings.............

0 0 Reply
Nate Higgers 19 December 2018

The first ever diss track

6 0 Reply
Marcia 29 July 2018

i would like to know what was W. W. answer

0 1 Reply
Grade Saver 02 March 2020

To understand this short poem, it is first necessary to explore Pound's negative feelings towards Walt Whitman. In 1909, Pound wrote an essay titled " What I Feel About Walt Whitman, " in which he denounced the older poet's " crudity" and " barbaric yawp."

0 0 Reply
Sultan Sher 03 June 2018

Beautiful poem really heart touching

2 1 Reply
Morgan Michaels 17 December 2017

Masterful poem has been worked and re-worked to seem spontaneous. Beautifully shaped lines advance a generous argument, stroke by stroke.

5 3 Reply