Ezra Pound Maleiah Singhaninh Block 7

Biography

Poet Ezra Pound was born on October 30, 1885 in Hailey, Idaho. Pound is generally considered the poet most responsible for defining and promoting a modernist aesthetic in poetry. The only child of Homer Loomis Pound and his wife Isabel, Ezra spent most of his childhood just a little ways outside of Philadelphia. His childhood seems to have been what he wanted and happy because he got where he needed to be. Pound had attended Cheltenham Military Academy, staying there about two years before leaving to finish the rest of his high school education at a local public school. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania in 1901 but left after two years and moved to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and earned his bachelors degree in philosophy. At 15 he had told his parents that he figured out that he wanted to be a poet, though his chosen career wasn't inherited from his parents they still supported his decision. 1907 Ezra finished college and went on to teaching at Wsbash college, after teaching for two years there he decided that he wanted to travel. He ended up traveling to Spain, Italy, and London where he became interested in Japanese and Chinese poetry. In 1908 he set his heart of going to Europe and ended up landing in Venice, he ended up paying for the publication of his first book of poems; "A Lume Spento." On another note in 1909 he found the kind of success that he wanted as a writer and over the next year had produced three other books, "Personae", "Exulations", and "The Spirit of Romance." Significant contributions to poetry began with his promulgation of Imagism; a movement in poetry which derived it's technique from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry. In 1914 he married Dorothy Shakespear and became editor of the Little Review in 1917. Pound moved to Italy and became interested in Fascist politics; he didn't return to the United States until 1945 because he was arrested for broadcasting Fascist propaganda by radio to the United States during World War II on charges of treason. Although in 1946 he was acquitted, but declared mentally ill and committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Pound unfortunately died in November 1972, he was buried in Italy on the cemetery island Isole di San Michele.

*Pound once said this exact quote to one of his students when they were having trouble with their writing assignment, he said this trying to motivate them but they didn't quite understand what he meant.

Poetry Foundation. Ezra Pound. Poetry Magazine, 2016. Web. 6 Dec. 2016. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poets/detail/ezra-pound

Ezra Pound 1885- 1972. Academy of American Poets. Web. 6 Dec. 2016. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/ezra-pound

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