Ezra Pound, fully Ezra Weston Loomis Pound

Pound, fully Ezra Weston Loomis Pound

American Expatriate Poet and Critic

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All things are a-flowing,' sage Heraclitus says, but a tawdry cheapness shall outlast all days.

Come, let us pity those who are better off than we are. Come, my friend, and remember that The rich have butlers and no friends, And we have friends and no butlers.

I desired my dust to be mingled with yours forever and forever and forever.

Image—that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.

Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you could do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint could think he understood.

Poetry is a sort of inspired mathematics, which gives us equations, not for abstract figures, triangles, squares, and the like, but for the human emotions. If one has a mind which inclines to magic rather than science, one will prefer to speak of these equations as spells or incantations; it sounds more arcane, mysterious, recondite.

The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.

The real meditation is ... the meditation on one's identity. Ah, voila une chose! You try it. You try finding out why you're you and not somebody else. And who in the blazes are you anyhow? Ah, voila une chose!

Things have ends (or scopes) and beginnings. To know what precedes and what follows will assist your comprehension of process.

With one day's reading a man may have the key in his hands.

Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin.

Come, my friend, and remember that

I dunno what my 23 infantile years in America signify. I left as soon as motion was autarchic—I mean my motion.

In case I conk out, this is provisionally what I have to do: I must clarify obscurities; I must make clearer definite ideas or dissociations. I must find a verbal formula to combat the rise of brutality—the principle of order versus the split atom.

Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.

Poetry is a very complex art.... It is an art of pure sound bound in through an art of arbitrary and conventional symbols.

The author's conviction on this day of New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music; but this must not be taken as implying that all good music is dance music or all poetry lyric. Bach and Mozart are never too far from physical movement.

The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.

This is no book. Whoever touches this touches a man.

You damn sadist! said mr. cummings, you try to make people think.

And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.

Don't be blinded by the theorists and a lying press.

I found after seventy years that I was not a lunatic but a moron.... I should have been able to do better.

In our time, the curse is monetary illiteracy, just as inability to read plain print was the curse of earlier centuries.

Modern civilization has bred a race with brains like those of rabbits and we who are the heirs of the witch-doctor and the voodoo. We artists who have been so long the despised are about to take over control.

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American Expatriate Poet and Critic