ReContoured: She Muses The Quietude of Ezra Weston Loomis Pound, 2

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound
was, to his own self, deeply profound;
but raised his Cantos on shaky ground.
Town fool, with a dunce-cap he should have been crowned;

a crown of shallow, and hollow, brass,

sitting crooked atop that scurrilous horse's ass.

 

Starward

Author's Notes/Comments: 

I have despised Ezra Pound since I first read of him, following his death in 1972.  Despite my virulent response to his writing, I began to read poetry in the Spring of 1974, and have never stopped---although some pauses followed---since.

View starward's Full Portfolio
patriciajj's picture

A scathing and humorous

A scathing and humorous critique. A lot of people would agree with you. However, he did open the door for the modernist movement which gave other poets permission to innovate and experiment with language. That said, I was never a fan of his either. Love your honestly. 

Starward's picture

Thank you, and yes, I agree,

Thank you, and yes, I agree, he did start the Modernist movement.  But his savage reduction of The Waste Land, when Eliot was too vulnerable to resist, left a great poem that could have been incredibly greater.  Then of course, thr fascist broadcasts . . . I have disliked him for decades, perhaps my prejudice has gotten the better of me.


Starward