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

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

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 on ability, art, genius, perception, and talent

Genius . . . is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one, and where the man of talent sees two or three, plus the ability to register that multiple perception in the material of his art.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Jefferson and /or Mussolini, 1935

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on heart and lies

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The rustling of the silk is discontinued, Dust drifts over the courtyard, There is not sound of footfall, and the leaves Scurry into heaps and lie still, And she the rejoicer of the heart is beneath them: A wet leaf that clings to the threshold.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Liu Ch'e

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