Part Ⅱ: His Poems and Great contributions ii

(1885 - 1972)
• Part I: Life Stories
• Part II: His Poems and Great
• Part III:One Of My Favourite
• Part IV: My Poem
• Part V: The End
Part I:
Category: America
Born: October 30,
Hailey, Idaho,
United States
Died: November 1,
Venice, Italy
Life Stories
Part I: Life Stories
spent his formative years
in Wyancote→
receiving a degree in 1905→
teaching Romance Languages
at Wabash College→
Part I: Life Stories
travelled to Spain, Italy and England(founded the
Imagist movement in poetry at this time )→
In 1924 he moved to Italy and became involved in Fascist
politics(I have to say sorry )→
Part I: Life Stories
In 1946, he was acquitted, deemed unfit for trial →
won his release from
the hospital in 1958→
returned to Venice, where he died, a recluse, in 1972.@
Part II:
His Poems and Great contributions
• Ezra Pound is generally considered the poet most
responsible for defining and promoting a modernist
aesthetic in poetry.
His own significant contributions to
poetry begin with his promulgation of
Imagism, a movement in poetry which
derived its technique from classical
Chinese and Japanese poetry - stressing
clarity, precision, and economy of
language, and foregoing traditional
rhyme and meter in order to, in Pound's
words, "compose in the sequence of the
musical phrase, not in the sequence of
the metronome."
Part Ⅱ: His Poems and Great
Come On!
The Garden
Like a skien of loose silk blown
against a wall,
They shall inherit the earth.
She walks by the railing of a path in
Kensington Gardens,
In her is the end of breeding.
And she is dying piece-meal
Her boredom is exquisite and
of a sort of emotional anaemia.
She would like some one to speak to
And round about there is a rabble
And is almost afraid that I
Of the filthy, sturdy, unkillable
infants of the very poor.
will commit that
Part Ⅱ: His Poems and Great
The Return
See, they return; ah, see the
tentative Movements, and the slow
feet, The trouble in the pace and
the uncertain Wavering!
See, they return, one, and by one,
With fear, as half-awakened; As
if the snow should hesitate And
murmur in the wind, and half turn
back; These were the "Wing'dwith-Awe," Inviolable.
Gods of the wingèd shoe! With them
the silver hounds, sniffing the
trace of air!
Haie! Haie! These were the swift
to harry; These the keen-scented;
These were the souls of blood.
Slow on the leash, pallid the
Part Ⅱ: His Poems and Great
Winter is icummen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth
and how the wind doth ramm,
Sing: Goddamm.
Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,
An ague hath my ham.
Freezeth river, turneth liver,
Damn you, sing: Goddamm.
Goddamm, Goddamm, 'tis why I am,
So 'gainst the winter's
Sing goddamm, damm, sing
Sing goddamm, sing goddamm,
Part Ⅲ: One Of My
The tree has entered my hands,
The sap has ascended my arms,
The tree has grown in my breast- Downward,
The branches grow out of me, like arms.
Tree you are,
Moss you are,
You are violets with wind above them.
A child - so high - you are,
And all this is folly to the world.
Part Ⅲ: One Of My Favourite
Because of the difficulty of words, living surroundings and
other things, I could not even read one of his poems
completely from the beginning to the end .Later, I went to
some BBS webs in the US. I find that many people liked
the poem . It’s very touching .
When one loves a girl as much, her
personality and person grows on you,
envelopes you, and possesses you, much
like moss's effect on a tree. Another
facet - the beauty of trees,
comparable to the beauty of a girl.At
last I don't find the poem difficult
to interpret - it leaves much room for
creative interpretation.
Part Ⅳ:Come
My Poem
but do not laugh
Remember me when I am going away,
Going far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the
Nor I half turn to go , half turning stay.
Part Ⅳ: My Poem
Remember me when there are no more day by day
You can tell me the future that you’ve planned
Only remember me ; you will understand
Then it will be late to counsel or pray.
But if you just forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve.
For if the past life full of darkness
Can leave me some of the thoughts that I once had
I’d like better that you forget and smile
Than that you remember and be sad.
Part Ⅴ: The End
When we come to Pound’s poems, we may always find
difficulties. But we can at last find the meanings in his
poems. It needs more hard work and more reading.
Donald Lyons examines Pound's place among the literary giants of the 20th
century in this article from The New Criterion (June 1999):
"As a figure in the early history of modernism, Pound is central,
inspiring, intriguing. He edited The Waste Land; he serialized
some chapters of Ulysses ...
Another fact that I choose Pound is that he did much to study
Chinese poems. In his The Cantos, he dispersed Chinese characters on the
pages. He seems to have intended to form collage pattern with visual
arrangement of letters and with juxtapositions of Chinese characters and
alphabetical letters.
I hope that one day I can really understand Ezra
Pound’s Poetry.
Thank you!
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