Ezra Pound

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

A Pact

Poem by Ezra Pound

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.


Comments about A Pact by Ezra Pound

  • Nate Higgers (12/19/2018 7:41:00 PM)

    The first ever diss track(Report)Reply

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  • Marcia (7/29/2018 9:55:00 AM)

    i would like to know what was W. W. answerAlready ReportedReply

    Grade Saver(3/2/2020 11:00:00 AM)

    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 (6/3/2018 6:37:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem really heart touching(Report)Reply

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  • Morgan Michaels (12/17/2017 1:57:00 PM)

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

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/17/2017 8:51:00 AM)

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

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (12/17/2017 8:20:00 AM)

    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(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/17/2017 2:56:00 AM)

    Old enough! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/17/2017 2:45:00 AM)

    Such a well-written poem by Ezra Pound👍👍👍(Report)Reply

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  • John Chizoba Vincent (12/17/2017 2:37:00 AM)

    Wonderful words. Well delivered(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/17/2017 2:15:00 AM)

    And by this arrangement they are now set forth as the objects of love.......outstanding concept.........thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (2/14/2017 9:54:00 AM)

    Now is a time for carving.

    Good delivery. Well done!

    Sylva.(Report)Reply

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  • Pankaj Saksena (10/28/2009 11:58:00 PM)

    @ 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.(Report)Reply

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  • Stanton Hager (8/20/2006 5:50:00 AM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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