Ezra Pound

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

Histrion

Poem by Ezra Pound

No man hath dared to write this thing as yet,
And yet I know, how that the souls of all men great
At times pass athrough us,
And we are melted into them, and are not
Save reflexions of their souls.
Thus am I Dante for a space and am
One Francois Villon, ballad-lord and thief,
Or am such holy ones I may not write
Lest blasphemy be writ against my name;
This for an instant and the flame is gone.

'Tis as in midmost us there glows a sphere
Translucent, molten gold, that is the "I"
And into this some form projects itself:
Christus, or John, or eke the Florentine;
And as the clear space is not if a form's
Imposed thereon,
So cease we from all being for the time,
And these, the Masters of the Soul, live on.


Comments about Histrion by Ezra Pound

  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (8/17/2019 7:34:00 PM)

    It is so original to imagine that he is Dante or Francois Villon, who are poets beyond
    criticism.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003