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Pound promoted, and also occasionally helped to shape, the work of such widely different poets and novelists as William Butler YeatsJames JoyceErnest HemingwayRobert FrostD. Lawrenceand T. Mint in Philadelphiathey settled in nearby Wyncote, where Pound lived a typical middle-class childhood.
After two years at Cheltenham Military Academy, which he left without graduating, he attended a local high school.
From there he went for two years —03 to the University of Pennsylvaniawhere he ezzra his lifelong friend, the poet William Carlos Williams. He took a Ph. He received an M. Although his general behaviour fairly reflected his Presbyterian upbringing, he was already writing poetry and was affecting a bohemian manner.
His career came quickly to an end, and in Februarywith light luggage and the manuscript of a book of poems that had been rejected by at least one American publisher, he set sail for Europe. He had been to Europe three times before, the pwrsonae time alone in the summer ofwhen he had gathered the material for his first three published articles: In England, success came quickly to Pound. A book of poems, Personaewas published in April ; a second book, Exultationsfollowed in October; and a third book, The Spirit of Romancebased on personxe delivered in London —10was published in After a trip home—a last desperate and unsuccessful attempt to make a literary life for himself in Philadelphia or New York City—he returned to Europe in Februaryvisiting Italy, Germany, and France.
Toward the end of he met an English journalist, Alfred R. Orageeditor of the socialist weekly New Agewho opened its pages to him and provided him with a small but regular income during the next nine years. He was among the first to recognize and review the poetry of Robert Frost and D.
Though his friend Yeats had already become famous, Pound succeeded in persuading him to adopt a new, leaner ;ound of poetic composition. In that same year he gave T. Eliot a similar start in his career as poet and critic. Pound continued to publish his own poetry Ripostes; Lustraand prose criticism Pavannes and Divisions From the literary remains of the great Orientalist Ernest Fenollosawhich had been presented to Pound inhe succeeded in publishing highly acclaimed English versions of early Chinese poetry, Cathayand two volumes of Japanese Noh plays —17 as well.
During his 12 years in London, Pound had completely transformed himself as a poet.
Like his friend T. Eliot, Pound wanted a modernism that brought back to life the highest standards of the past. Modernism for its own sake, untested against the past, drew anathemas from him.
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His progress may be seen in attempts at informality From this struggle there emerged the short, perfectly worded free-verse poems in Lustra. In his poetry Pound was now able to deal efficiently with a whole range of human activities and emotions, without raising his voice.
The movement of the words and the images they create are no longer the secondhand borrowings of youth or apprenticeship but seem to belong to the observing pohnd that conjures up the particular work in hand. Many of the Lustra poems are remarkable for perfectly paced endings:.
In Pound tired of Paris and moved to RapalloItaly, which was to be his home for the next 20 years. In he had a daughter, Maria, by the expatriate American violinist Ezrs Rudge, puond in his wife, Dorothy, gave birth to a son, Omar. The daughter was brought up by a peasant woman in the Italian Tirolthe son by relatives in England. In —28 Pound edited his own magazine, Exileand in he brought together, under the title A Draft of XXX Cantosvarious segments of his ambitious long poem Pohnd Cantoswhich he had begun in A growing interest in music caused him to arrange a long series of concerts in Rapallo during the s, and, with the assistance of Olga Rudge, he played a large part in the rediscovery of the 18th-century Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi.
The results of his continuing investigation in the areas of culture and history were published in his brilliant but fragmentary prose work Guide to Kulchur Following the Great Depression of the s, he turned more and more to history, especially economic history, a subject in which he had been interested since his meeting in London in with Clifford Douglasthe founder of Social Creditan economic theory stating that maldistribution of wealth due to insufficient purchasing power is the cause of economic depressions.
Pound had come to believe that a misunderstanding of money and banking by governments and the public, as well as the manipulation of money by international bankers, had led the world into a long series of wars.
The obsession affected his Cantoswhich even earlier had shown evidence of becoming an uncontrolled series of personal and historical episodes.
As war in Europe drew near, Pound returned home in the hope that he could help keep the peace between Italy and the United States.
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He went back to Italy a personxe man, and between andafter Italy and the United States were at war, he made several hundred broadcasts over Rome Radio on subjects ranging from James Joyce to the control of money and the U. He was arrested by U.
During this time he continued to write The Cantos Section: Controversy surrounding him burst out anew when, inhe was awarded the important Bollingen Prize for his Pisan Cantos. He returned to Italy, dividing the year between Rapallo and Venice. Pound lapsed into silence inleaving The Cantos unfinished. More than pages long, they are fragmentary and formless despite recurring themes and ideas. Yet there are numerous passages such as only he could have written that are among the best of the century.
Pound died in Venice in Out of his 60 years of publishing activity came 70 books of his pouhd, contributions to about 70 others, and more than 1, articles. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and pohnd publication is subject to our final approval. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.
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