Ezra Pound

1885 - 1972

A Quote by Ezra Pound

Music rots when it gets too far from the dance. Poetry atrophies when it gets too far from music.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

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A Quote by Ezra Pound

A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression.
Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

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A Quote by Ezra Pound

His true Penelope was Flaubert, He fished by obstinate isles.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. E.P. Ode pour l’élection de son sepulchre, 1920,

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on books, charm, civilization, earth, and good

There died a myriad, And of the best, among them, For an old bitch gone in the teeth, For a botched civilization. Charm, smiling at the good mouth, Quick eyes gone under earth's lid, For two gross of broken statues, For a few thousand battered books.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Hugh Selwyn Mauberley. E.P. Ode pour l’élection de son sepulchre, 1920, V

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on art, history, and mediocrity

The history of an art is the history of masterwork, not of failures, or mediocrity.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: The Spirit of Romance, 1910

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on language, literature, and meaning

Literature is language charged with meaning.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: ABC of Reading, 1934, ch. 2

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A Quote by Ezra Pound

Hang it all, Robert Browning, there can be but the one "Sordello."

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Cantos, 1925—1959, II

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A Quote by Ezra Pound

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: a Station of the Metro, 1916

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on language, lust, money, and senses

And the betrayers of language ...... n and the press gang And those who had lied for hire; The perverts, the perverters of language, the perverts, who have set money-lust Before the pleasures of the senses; howling, as of a hen-yard in a printing-house, the clatter of presses, the blowing of dry dust and stray paper, foetor, sweat, the stench of stale oranges.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Cantos, 1925—1959, XIV

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on fear, trouble, and uncertainty

See, they return; ah, see the tentative Movements, and the slow feet, The trouble in the pace and the uncertain Wavering! See, they return, one, and by one, With fear, as half-awakened; As if the snow should hesitate And murmur in the wind, and half turn back;

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

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