Ezra Pound Quotes

Poetry is a very complex art.... It is an art of pure sound bound in through an art of arbitrary and conventional symbols.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. "I Gather the Limbs of Osiris," pt. 1, Selected Prose 1909-1965, ed. William Cookson (1973).
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The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet. In a Station of the Metro (l. 1). . . The Selected Poems of Ezra Pound. (1957) New Directions.
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Take the serious side of Disney, the Confucian side of Disney. It's in having taken an ethos ... where you have the values of courage and tenderness asserted in a way that everybody can understand. You have got an absolute genius there. You have got a greater correlation of nature than you have had since the time of Alexander the Great.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview, Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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Adolf Hitler was a Jeanne d'Arc, a saint. He was a martyr. Like many martyrs, he held extreme views.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Philadelphia Record and Chicago Sun (May 9, 1945).
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Wars are made to make debt.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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It is difficult to write a paradiso when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse. It is obviously much easier to find inhabitants for an inferno or even a purgatorio.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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Somebody said that I am the last American living the tragedy of Europe.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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In case I conk out, this is provisionally what I have to do: I must clarify obscurities; I must make clearer definite ideas or dissociations. I must find a verbal formula to combat the rise of brutality—the principle of order versus the split atom.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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No verse is libre for the man who wants to do a good job.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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Technique is the test of sincerity. If a thing isn't worth getting the technique to say, it is of inferior value.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972), U.S. poet, critic. Interview in Writers at Work, Second Series, ed. George Plimpton (1963).
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