He rose to the rank of Adjutant General in Bengalbut retired in at age 48 owing to ill health. Within a year of returning to Britain he married Harriet Johnson b.
Eliot declared that Pound "is more responsible for the twentieth-century revolution in poetry than is any other individual. Early in his career, Pound aroused controversy because of his aesthetic views; later, because of his political views.
For the greater part of this century, however, Pound devoted his energies to advancing the art of poetry and maintaining his aesthetic standards in the midst of extreme adversity. In his article "How I Began," collected in Literary Essays, Pound claimed that as a youth he had resolved to "know more about poetry than any man living.
Through his criticism and translations, as well as in his own poetry, particularly in his Cantos, Pound explored poetic traditions from different cultures ranging from ancient Greece, China, and the continent, to current-day England and America. In The Tale of the Tribe Michael Bernstein observed that Pound "sought, long before the notion became fashionable, to break with the long tradition of Occidental ethnocentrism.
Eliot and Robert Frost. He affects obscurity and loves the abstruse. On October 21,he responded to Williams, "It seems to me you might as well say that Shakespeare is dissolute in his plays because Falstaff is I paint my man as I conceive him," explaining that "the sort of thing I do" is "the short so-called dramatic lyric.
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Reviews of these books were generally favorable, as notices collected in The Critical Heritage reveal: Pound "is that rare thing among modern poets, a scholar," wrote one anonymous reviewer in the December, Spectator, adding that Pound has "the capacity for remarkable poetic achievement.
Flint wrote in a May, l review in the New Age, "we can have no doubt as to his vitality and as to his determination to burst his way into Parnassus. His first major critical work, The Spirit of Romance, was, Pound said, an attempt to examine "certain forces, elements or qualities which were potent in the medieval literature of the Latin tongues, and are, I believe, still potent in our own.
Dante, Cavalcanti, and Villon, for example. Pound contributed scores of reviews and critical articles to various periodicals such as the New Age, the Egoist, the Little Review and Poetry, where he articulated his aesthetic principles and indicated his literary, artistic, and musical preferences, thus offering information helpful for interpreting his poetry.
He forced upon our attention not only individual authors, but whole areas of poetry, which no future criticism can afford to ignore.
In remarks first recorded in the March, Poetry and later collected in his Literary Essays as "A Retrospect," Pound explained his new literary direction. Imagism combined the creation of an "image"—what he defined as "an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time" or an "interpretative metaphor"—with rigorous requirements for writing.
About these requirements, Pound was concise but insistent: Each poem, Pound declared, should have a rhythm "which corresponds exactly to the emotion or shade of emotion to be expressed.
Hilda DoolittleRichard AldingtonF. Flint, and later William Carlos Williams. American poet Amy Lowell also adopted the term, contributing one poem to the anthology Des Imagistes, edited by Pound. In following years, Lowell sponsored her own anthologies that Pound thought did not meet his Imagist standards; and wishing to dissociate himself from what he derisively called "Amygism," he changed the term "Image" to "Vortex," and "Imagism" to "Vorticism.
He persuaded Harriet Monroe to publish T. Alfred Prufrock ," calling it in a letter to Monroe "the best poem I have yet had or seen from an American. When Joyce and family arrived in Paris in July, Pound was there to help them settle: LawrenceRobert Frost, H.
In his Life of Ezra Pound, Noel Stock recalled that inthe first issue of This Quarter was dedicated to "Ezra Pound who by his creative work, his editorship of several magazines, his helpful friendship for young and unknown With the rest of his time he tries to advance the fortunes, both material and artistic, of his friends.
He defends them when they are attacked, he gets them into magazines and out of jail. He loans them money. He sells their pictures He advances them hospital expenses and dissuades them from suicide.
And in the end a few of them refrain from knifing him at the first opportunity. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley avoided the problems of being evaluated as a translation, since the title refers to a fictional rather than an historical poet. In a July, letter to his former professor, Felix Schelling, Pound described Propertius and Mauberley as "portraits," his rendering of sensibilities.
Propertius represents the character of a Roman writer responding to his age; Mauberley, the character of a contemporary British critic-poet. Both poems were, Pound told Schelling, his attempt "to condense a James novel" and both were extended dramatic lyrics. By the time Pound left London for Paris in December,he had already accomplished enough to assure himself a place of first importance in twentieth-century literature.Their Letters, [Ezra Pound, Dorothy Shakespear, Omar Pound, A.
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Mar 19, · In Venice, they lived for most of the year in a narrow, three-story house that Miss Rudge had owned since (Pound's wife, the former Dorothy Shakespear, who bore him a son, Omar Shakespear.
Any reader even peripherally interested in the work and life of Ezra Pound will take delight in Omar Pound and A. Walton Litz's masterful selection and editing of Ezra Pound and Dorothy Shakespear: Their Letters, Ezra Pound and Dorothy Shakespear: Their Letters, , New Directions, Pound-Lewis: The Letters of Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis, New Directions, Selected Letters of Ezra Pound and Louis Zukofsky, New Directions, Ezra Pound and Dorothy Shakespear: Their Letters , eds.
Omar Pound and A. Walton Litz (). ''Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin.''.