Ezra Pound Quotes (147 quotes)
“A civilized man is one who will give a serious answer to a serious question. Civilization itself is a certain sane balance of values.”
Guide to Kulchur (1938), p. 137
Pavannes and Divisions (1918)
Letter to the painter John Butler Yeats, 4 Feb. 1918
Impact: essays on ignorance and the decline of American civilization, Ezra Pound, H. Regnery Co., 1960, p. 209
The Selected Letters of Ezra Pound, 1907-1941, New Directions Publishing, 1950, p. 25 - ISBN: 9780811201612
“Allow me to say that I would long since have committed suicide had desisting made me a professor of Latin.”
In answer to William Gardner Hale's stinging criticism of Pound's Homage to Sextus Propertius in Poetry, April 1919
“Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even the most rigorous study of an art originally intended to make glad the heart of man.”
ABC of Reading (2010 edition), New Directions Publishing - ISBN: 9780811218931
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsEzra Pound
Born: October 30, 1885
Died: November 1, 1972 (aged 87)
Bio: Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet, critic and a major figure of the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his promotion of Imagism, a movement that derived its technique from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language.