Ezra Pound

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Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound was a very interesting and intelligent American poet. He was born in Idaho on October thirtieth, 1885. He wrote many interesting works of poetry such as the one-hundred and twenty sections of Cantos. He had many influences from wars, political leaders, art, and music. He knew since he was young that he wanted to be a poet and said that by the age of thirty he could know more about poetry than any living man and he had a long Journey to being a poet. In his journey, he learned nine foreign languages, read oriental translations, and fought every university and professor who bothered him with degree requirements. In 1908 he moved to Venice for three months. There, he starts to write his poems. He wrote in Provencal form copying the intricate rhyme scheme. In his poem, “Alta Forte”, he used the persona of a knight at war. He wrote it in six stanzas each having six lines each. Every sixth line of each stanza had repeating endings.

What I like and find most interesting about Ezra Pound is that he found influences in art. One day he got off a train and saw a beautiful face, and another, and another. He was trying to find words for what he had experienced but couldn't. That night, he realized that he could describe it not in speech, but in color. If he were a painter, he could find a new way of painting. He would paint in splotches of color. With this influence, he first wrote a thirty line poem, destroyed it wrote a poem half the size six months later, and then a Haiku-like sentence a year later. It went like this. “The apparition of these faces in the crowd: Petals on a wet, black bough.” I love that he came across this idea through beautiful faces at a train station, from there to art, to a long poem, and shortened to a sentence. Though he had a beautiful experience that was hard to find words to explain, he still managed to explain his experience and did so in one sentence. It was said in the Voices and Visions video, “The image is the...
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