Ezra Pound


I'm supposed to write an essay on a quote lifted from the pages of Ezra Pounds, "ABC of Reading," but i really have no idea where to start.

The quote is, "Real education must ultimately be limited to one who insists on knowing, the rest is meresheep-herding."

After doing some miniscule research I've learned about Pound's facists backround and antisemitism. Does any one know how any of his background is reflected in this piece of work. Or even what the quote is saying. I'm at a loss....Thanks

>>By Katie   (Sunday, 23 Feb 2003 18:50)

if you need help on such a simple problem as this...i think you might just take the F!


>>By rich   (Monday, 24 Mar 2003 19:01)

Pound was a poet who probably will never get his proper respect in the literary world because of his political and economic diatribes. He created great work in Rapalla,Italy and he created a style called Vorticism (research that) it is linked to your quote. Truthfully speaking he may have had the most balls out of any poet, because he spoke his mind. He was not anti semite because of a particular Jewish person, he was an anti-semite because of the idea of jewish people, because alot of the them were bankers and had control of alot of businesses.

>>By Rasheed   (Sunday, 6 Apr 2003 05:23)

Sorry Pound never 'created a style called Vorticism' - that was Wyndham Lewis! If anything Pound was the originator of teh Imagist school, however brief it's exsistence. A great poet who got a little too enthusiastic about things that turned out to be bad. Even poets make mistakes. I think that he was a pretty naive chap really who DID produce some of the twentieth centurys gretest poems and brought chinese lit to the attention of the west. Oh and he edited the wasteland. make of that what you will.

>>By GrinningGin   (Wednesday, 14 Jan 2004 01:25)

Ezra Pound has been the greatest poetical intelligence in modern America, the best American poetical ear and eye of the xx Century. He was certainly preceptor of many of the most important English writers of the same Century, as well. Among them we can quote James Joyce, Henry MIller, Williams Carlos Williams, E.E. Cummings, HD (Hilda Do'little), TS Elliot, etc . Even an older and venerable poet as Yeats was inheritor of Pound's atonishing talent.
An amazing translator, he was able to give in English -with music and image unsurpasable- versions og the best universal poetry, regardless of age: Li-Po, Dante, Cavalcanti, The TROBADOURS of Provence (form which European lyrical poetry was born), etc.
If you want to write poetry, read the ABC of Reading: in few paragraphs teach you everything you must know about the CRAFT OF POETRY. Nevertheless, poetry is art so subtle that, perhaps, you want get anything: like in music only a talented and trained ear can recognize when someone FAMOUS is out of pitch.

This continuos tendency of split world and history in good and bad guys is a classical expression of the folishness and stupidity of modern mind. You are democratic, you are good; you are son a king, you are bad. You are Jew, you are a victim; you are Muslim, you are a terrorist.
Pound was a victim of the intolerance of American political society; a painful example about how Americans in power can treat the best of their minds and hearts.
He was never afiliated at any Political of Philosofical group. He was only a Poet (in upper case) with not more master than the Muse and nor more religion than poetry, and not more Bible than the verses of the greatest poets.
Therefore, he was unconfortable amid all the desguises of comun beings (call them country, race, money, color, or belief).
His acussation of Antisemitism is a mere invention of his literary enemies; a vulgar deduction of his coments over certain writers. Pound never spoke about or write panphlets about race issues. His pen was complety devoterd to poetry.
His acussation of fascism is, perhaps, more infamous.
First is was a reaction of litlte talents when they di hear expression from Pound that were 'too much'' for them; expression as " I can not save more than 100 poems from all English literature, and few authors... (Not a literall quote)...
Second, Pound was living in Italy, when the Allies were freeing Europe from the Nazis. At a critical time fo the war, trough an Italian radio station he did read some speches in English, addresing the American soldiers. In this specches he developed his idea about America "big sin": Usury.
Pound believe that the American Society of Capital and Credit was inmoral; therefore, he just spoke it out. But he was never at the side of Musolinni ( he lived in Italy because the love that he felt for Italian language and poetry) or was addresing his speches in behalf of anyone else, except his poetical conciousness...
He was caught by the American army, tied to an army's jeep, and dragged from it for several weeks without food, water or shelter all along some Italian provinces.
As a consequence of it, the greatest poet of modern America (after Whitman) lost his reason forever. So, was the way in which the non-fascist, and democratic Americans honored one among his few geniuses and his freedom of speech...
Just one last sentence: a real poet defy all definitions...

>>By daud   (Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 10:22)

Poun Ezra and figure the Cue.....

I loved his Salute .....

it's a purity as a dove

white amuses white

as dragging the injured black-widow

the black doves are hiding

as well as searching clues....

anand bose

>>By Anand Bose   (Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 15:36)

After doing some miniscule research I've learned about Pound's facists backround and antisemitism. Does any one know how any of his background is reflected in this piece of work. Or even what the quote is saying. I'm at a loss....Thanks

Impudent puritan ....

Read a poem
as a killing
let loose
as the thinking........

You attitudanal boundary is historical as the possession ....
----Why set timelines-----????
Are ytou compiling .....

>>By Anand Bose   (Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004 15:42)

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