Ezra Pound Quotes

Duccio came not by usura nor Pier della Francesca; Zuan Bellin' not by usura nor was 'La Calunnia' painted. Came not by usura Angelico; came not Ambrogio Praedis, Came no church of cut stone signed: Adamo me fecit.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Canto XLV (l. 29-33). . . The Cantos of Ezra Pound. (1970, repr. 1991) New Directions.
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the loose fragrant cavendish and the shag, And the bright Virginia loose under the bright glass cases,
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. The Lake Isle (l. 5-8). . . The Selected Poems of Ezra Pound. (1957) New Directions.
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no picture is made to endure nor to live with but it is made to sell and sell quickly with usura, sin against nature, is thy bread ever more of stale rags is thy bread dry as paper,
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Canto XLV (l. 11-15). . . The Cantos of Ezra Pound. (1970, repr. 1991) New Directions.
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I dunno what my 23 infantile years in America signify. I left as soon as motion was autarchic—I mean my motion.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, October 29, 1940. The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941, ed. D.D. Paige (1950).
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Speak against unconscious oppression, Speak against the tyranny of the unimaginative, Speak against bonds.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Commission (l. 6-8). . . 100 Poems by 100 Poets; an Anthology. Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert, and Anthony Astbury, comps. (1986) Grove Press.
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Mass ought to be in Latin, unless you cd. do it in Greek or Chinese. In fact, any abracadabra that no bloody member of the public or half-educated ape of a clargimint cd. think he understood.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, March 7, 1940. The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941, ed. D.D. Paige (1951).
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Go to the adolescent who are smothered in family— Oh how hideous it is To see three generations of one house gathered together! It is like an old tree with shoots, And with some branches rotted and falling.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Commission (l. 28-32). . . 100 Poems by 100 Poets; an Anthology. Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert, and Anthony Astbury, comps. (1986) Grove Press.
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If a patron buys from an artist who needs money (needs money to buy tools, time, food), the patron then makes himself equal to the artist; he is building art into the world; he creates.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Letter, March 8, 1915. The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907-1941, ed. D.D. Paige (1951). Pound urged U.S. collector John Quinn to assist the new renaissance of the arts that Pound believed would happen.
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Go, my songs, to the lonely and the unsatisfied, Go also to the nerve-racked, go to the enslaved-by-convention, Bear to them my contempt for their oppressors.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. Commission (l. 1-3). . . 100 Poems by 100 Poets; an Anthology. Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert, and Anthony Astbury, comps. (1986) Grove Press.
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I have weathered the storm, I have beaten out my exile.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. The Rest (l. 18-19). . . The Selected Poems of Ezra Pound. (1957) New Directions.
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