Sunday, October 30, 2005

Ezra Pound (1885 - 1972), of Idaho (barely)

The Clog Almanac notes the birthday of poet Ezra Loomis Pound, born on this day in 1885 in Hailey, in my home state of Idaho. A nice link to a summary of his life and works and the full text of 13 of Pound's poems can be found here.

Pound has always been a bit of a mystery to me. What chain of events puts one on a trajectory that carries one from socialism to fascism, to seeking out Mussolini and becoming one of his propaganda tools? This book may answer that question.

I've haven't fully appreciated Pound's poetry. But I hold him in regard, given his friendship with Yeats, his translations, and his advocacy for talented young American poets even while firmly in exile - in particular his sponsorship of T.S. Elliot - whose poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock is one of my favorites.

I'd like to know once and for all whether Pound's middle name bears any connection with that of the upscale fishing rod-maker G. Loomis.

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