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

  • (7/29/2018 9:55:00 AM)


    i would like to know what was W. W. answer (Report) Reply

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  • (6/3/2018 6:37:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem really heart touching (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • Anil 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.
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  • Glen 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
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/17/2017 2:56:00 AM)


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

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


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

  • (12/17/2017 2:37:00 AM)


    Wonderful words. Well delivered (Report) Reply

  • (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

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


    Now is a time for carving.

    Good delivery. Well done!

    Sylva.
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  • (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

  • (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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