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Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound Essay - Ezra Pound Poetry: American Poets Analysis

Ezra Pound Poetry: American Poets Analysis

In 1926, Ezra Pound took the title of his third collection of verse, Personae, as the title for his collected shorter poems, which complicated his bibliography but afforded his readers a valuable cue. Persona in Latin means “mask,” and in the 1909 Personae, there are a number of poems in which Pound takes on the persona, the mask, of an earlier poet and speaks in that poet’s voice. By calling his collected shorter poems Personae, Pound indicates that this device of the persona, far from being confined to a single volume, is central to his poetry.

Thus Pound’s personality is not directly expressed in his poetry; it is found almost nowhere in his work. This clashes strongly with...

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