Ezra Pound

1885 - 1972

A Quote by Ezra Pound on poetry and prose

Poetry must be as well written as prose.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Letter to Harriet Monroe, January 1915

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on courage, grace, inventions, learning, order, vanity, and world

The ant's a centaur in his dragon world. Pull down thy vanity, it is not man Made courage, or made order, or made grace, Pull down thy vanity, I say pull down. Learn of the green world what can be thy place In scaled invention or true artistry, Pull down thy vanity, Paquin pull down! The green casque has outdone your elegance.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Cantos, 1925—1959,

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on books, power, and reading

Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on justice, needs, thought, work, and world

'Tis not need we know our every thought Or see the work shop where each mask is wrought Wherefrom we view the world of box and pit, Careless of wear, just so the mask shall fit And serve our jape's turn for a night or two.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on brides, children, and courtship

Usura slayeth the child in the womb It stayeth the young man's courting It hath brought palsey to bed, lyeth between the young bride and her bridegroom

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: CONTRA NATURAM Cantos, 1925—1959,

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on art, country, death, poetry, and time

For three years, out of key with his time, He strove to resuscitate the dead art Of poetry; to maintain "the sublime" In the old sense. Wrong from the start- No, hardly, but seeing he had been born In a half savage country, out of date.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

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

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on men and soul

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Haie! Haie! These were the swift to harry; These the keen-scented; These were the souls of blood. Slow on the leash, pallid the leash-men!

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: The Return,1916

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on nature

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No picture is made to endure nor to live with but it is made to sell and sell quickly with usura, sin against nature, is thy bread ever more of stale rags is thy bread dry as paper.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

Source: Cantos, 1925—1959,

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Ezra Pound on learning and trust

Artists are the antennae of the race, but the bullet-headed many will never learn to trust the great artists.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

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A Quote by Ezra Pound on death and simplicity

Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity.

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972)

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