Ezra Pound American Literature Analysis
Pound’s influence on twentieth century literature was felt in three ways: through his life, his theories, and his poetic practice. It can be argued that the first two were of greater impact than the third, and while this may seem unusual for a writer, Pound’s career made this result almost inevitable.
Pound decided when he was only fifteen that, by the time he was thirty, he would know more about poetry than any person living.
Although this might seem at first the typical dream of a talented, ambitious adolescent, Pound obviously meant it, and his dedication to his art was so intense that he largely fulfilled his pledge. His knowledge of verse form, meter, rhythm, and poetic devices and traditions was unrivaled among his contemporaries. In pursuit of his goal, Pound became the image of the modern poet: He dressed the part, acted the role, and subordinated almost everything in his personal life to his poetry.
Pound the character could be dismissed were it not for his interaction with other writers of his time. He was a generous friend, securing funds for men such as Joyce, tutoring aspiring poets such as Hilda Doolittle (whom he renamed H. D., by which she is now known to literary history), and assisting T. S. Eliot in editing The Waste Land into final form. Pound was concerned with promoting true talent wherever he discovered it, and it is likely that many modern classics would have been unwritten—or written less...
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