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Ezra Pound

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Sienna Schaal
February 12, 2012
American Literature
Short Essay

Ezra Loomis Pound and the Imagism Movement

Ezra Loomis Pound once said, “If a man is not willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he is no good.” Ezra Pound was a man of great taste when it came to his poetry and ideas. He had a life size vision that made him famous and helped influence many other poets as well. His vision was to change the thought and structure of poetry into something more musical, rather than continuously paced evenly and mind numbing. Ezra Pound was a highly fascinating poet that endorsed the prominent idea of imagism significantly in all of his work. He is known for experimenting with his poetry and attempting as well as developing the imagism movement a little under one hundred years ago. Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho. He became increasingly interested in Japanese and Chinese poetry. The idea of the Haiku influenced the thought of imagism. Since he was fifteen years old he knew that he wanted to be a poet, but not just any poet. He had an opinion, and he was willing to take some risk to share that. Ezra Pound changed poetry in the world and allowed people to express themselves with it freely through imagism. In the beginning of the 20th century, poetry was popular, but not like it is today. Genteel was the ideal type of poetry in that time. Richard Gilder’s poem, “The Woods the Bring the Sunset Near,” shows genteel poetry in that time. The first stanza of the poem reads: “The wind from out of the west is blowing, the homeward-wandering cows are lowing, dark grow the pine woods, dark and drear, - the woods that bring the sunset near.” This type of poetry was extremely dull, traditional, dreary and monotonous. The words in this poem are rather generic and vague; lacking excitement and pizzazz. The poem did not have specific details and it continued the idea of the every other line rhyme scheme that bores us today. Ezra...