EZRA POUND WAS MORE AN INSTITUITION THAN AN AUTHOR!HIS POETRY WRITING CAME WITH THE EFFECTS OF SUCH INTOXICATION,so to say,that every writer tried to emulate him !
Today Is Ezra Pound’s Birthday !
EZRA POUND,IN TERMS OF INFLUENCING ART AND ARTIST,WAS SUPREME IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE LAST CENTURY !AS A POET HE REMAINS COMPLEX,THOUGH!AS A MENTOR HE WAS MATCHLESS.HE HAD AN EYE TO SPOT ARTISTIC TALENTS AND ENCOURAGING SUCH TALENTS,GROOMING THEM AND ULTIMATELY SEEING THEM AS SUPERSTARS !For Example- Ezra Pound Supported and Suggested Authors Like T.S.ELIOT, JAMES JOYCE, D.H.LAWRENCE, HEMINGWAY -to cite a few literary stalwarts !
His use of Precision In Terms of Imagery ,His word-economy n his sparse diction and above all ,his DIRECTNESS in presentation have heralded the Modernism In Poetry Writing In English Language,both in England n America.
He Shaped Such Movements In Literature As IMAGISM,POST-CUBISM,VORTICISM n others and invented a totally new plus striking craftmanship.
A Polyglot,he was the first major author to incorporate a line or two from Latin,German,French. . .etc. every now n then in works written in english.
He was also a great translator and had often related the age of good literature with a corresponding age of great translation.
He was sort of fascinated with everything Italian,had spent a major chunk of life there and was greatly impressed with Roman Civilization n Culture that he often referred to in his works.
He was also a naive in theorizing or assuming new ideas etc. as is evident from his outright support of FASCISM and MUSSOLINI in the run up to the second world war,considering fascism as a better form of governance fit for economical amelieoration of the masses! He indulged in regular broadcasts ranting against America and eulogizing Italy n Mussolini during the second world war and that led his being charged n tried for Treason by the American authority as he was extradited to The United States after the end of the war.
Instead of being incarcerated he was sent to a mental care,ST. ELIZABETH’S in Washington where he had to stay for twelve years as he was declared Insane n unfit to answer or plead against the charges levelled!
In 1958 after his dis discharge from the Elizabeth’s,he again went to Italy n lived there till death in 1972 in Venice at the age of 87.
His major works include THE CANTOS, HUGH SELWYN MAUBERLY, EXULTATIONS, THE SPIRIT OF ROMANCE. .et.al .
Despite the disgrace he endured due to his overt pro-fascist rants n his being declared insane, his contributions in moulding the very character of modern british and american literature remains Unquestionable !
TRULY,EZRA POUND WAS A LITERARY GODFATHER !
Happy Birthday,EZRA POUND !
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