Saturday, July 16, 2011

Classic Poetry-APPARUIT by Ezra Pound


GOLDEN rose the house, in the
portal I saw
thee, a marvel, carven in subtle

stuff, a portent. Life died down in the lamp and

caught at the wonder.

Crimson, frosty with dew, the roses bend


thou afar moving in the glamorous sun
drinkst in life of earth, of the air, the


golden about thee.

Green the ways, the breath of the fields

is thine there,

open lies the land, yet the steely going
darkly hast thou dared and the dreaded

parted before thee. 1912

Of all the major literary figures in the twentieth century, Ezra Pound has been one of the most controversial; he has also been one of modern poetry's most important contributors. In an introduction to the Literary Essays of Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot declared that Pound "is more responsible for the twentieth-century revolution in poetry than is any other individual." Four decades later, Donald Hall reaffirmed in remarks collected in Remembering Poets that "Ezra Pound is the poet who, a thousand times more than any other man, has made modern poetry possible in English."

The importance of Pound's contributions to the arts and to the revitalization of poetry early in this century has been widely acknowledged; yet in 1950, Hugh Kenner could claim in his groundbreaking study The Poetry of Ezra Pound, "There is no great contemporary writer who is less read than Ezra Pound." Pound never sought, nor had, a wide reading audience; his technical innovations and use of unconventional poetic materials often baffled even sympathetic readers. Early in his career, Pound aroused controversy because of his aesthetic views; later, because of his political views. For the greater part of this century, however, Pound devoted his energies to advancing the art of poetry and maintaining his aesthetic standards in the midst of extreme adversity.

by A.M. Trumble

more information about Ezra Pound


  1. Wow, Amy, thanks for this. I didnt know he was such a significant poet. I love the poem, great pick!

  2. And now, Amy, you've piqued my interest. I shall have to read more about EP! Thank you.

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  4. this time without the typos:

    "Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot...are fighting in the captain's tower"

    --Bob Dylan "Desolation Row"

  5. Well, T.S. Eliot wasn't always right.

    Love reading Pound's essays, the old rascal.


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