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A Pact

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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.
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Chinedu Dike 08 June 2020
Well expressed thoughts and feelings.............
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Nate Higgers 19 December 2018
The first ever diss track
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Marcia 29 July 2018
i would like to know what was W. W. answer
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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."
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Sultan Sher 03 June 2018
Beautiful poem really heart touching
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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.
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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.
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Glen Kappy 17 December 2017
What I like about Pound is in this poem and his ballad The Goodly Fere. It is the mark of self-awareness—if not more—to admit we’re wrong, yes? This poem is so direct as to appear spontaneous. Perhaps some may think artless. But it has two excellent metaphors, excellent in part because they’re so accessible, so relatable. GK
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Edward Kofi Louis 17 December 2017
Old enough! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 17 December 2017
Such a well-written poem by Ezra Pound??????
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John Chizoba Vincent 17 December 2017
Wonderful words. Well delivered
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