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The Mind Of Ezra Pound Essay

865 words - 4 pages

English 1B
July 2010

Ezra Pound – A Masterpiece

“I resolved that at age thirty I would know more about poetry than any man living” (Annenberg Media): Ezra Pound said this about himself, and may have actually achieved this goal – at least in his own mind. While some have decided Ezra Pound was a raving lunatic, others see him as a brilliant poet and a master of his art. To his critics, he was “one of the most controversial of American poets” (Annenberg Media) but to me, he was facinatingly familiar.
To understand why, we must first consider that inside a mind like Pound’s, another entirely different world merges with the one we share: one where anything is possible ...view middle of the document...

He said,
“And while one can argue the question of whether or not Pound was actually mentally ill, he certainly seemed, then and later, to be, although rational, seriously out of touch with reality. From what I knew of him at St. Elizabeth’s, Pound was perfectly capable of explaining his ideas extremely rationally and coherently, and even convincingly. What he seemed to be deficient in was not reason but judgment.” (Lady, What was Ezra Pound Like?)
While we can firmly disagree with the content of Pound’s broadcasts, we can still intrinsically understand the place where his passion for his comments originated, and where the feelings in his poetry are born, if we only stop and consider the world in his mind.
I chose Pound for this assignment because I also carry the weight of one of these worlds within my own mind. Like Pound, I have found it challenging, to the point of appearing mad, simply to relate to the real world around me. When I listened to him, I heard the struggle of a kindred soul in his poetry. In the video, Alfred Kazin accuratly described the pain of it when he said, regarding Pound’s Cantos, “[I heard] a mind in great trouble…only lines, only fragments… of hopes rather than deeds.” (Annenberg Media).
Pound existed in some other place, that Huge Kenner referred to as, “remote in space and remote in time” (Annenberg Media), therefore, it is expected...

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