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Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

by Ezra Pound
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How did various writers respond to World War I? Compare and contrast the works of two writers of the time. Examples are the poems of Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon and novels such as Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front and Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.

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Although he stayed in London for most of World War I and did not take part in it, a much older Ezra Pound lived in Italy throughout World War II and wrote and performed radio broadcasts for Mussolini’s state radio network. For this act, he was indicted for treason in 1943. Research the “case of Ezra Pound” and write an essay about his life during World War II. How did his writings from World War II compare and contrast with his writings from World War I?

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Pound’s “Hugh Selwyn Mauberly” takes place largely in a London that is long gone. It is hard to imagine what daily life was like in that city in 1909, when Pound first moved there. Research the details of daily life in London in 1909 and write an essay about it. How did people move around the city? How was the nation governed? What were the popular pastimes? How did people find out about world events?

In 1914, Pound edited a collection of poems that he called Des Imagistes, or “some imagists.” He created the imagist movement, wrote its manifestos, and recruited the poets who took part in this literary group. Research the imagists and prepare a speech about them. Who were they? What were the “rules” of the school? What group did Pound found after he grew tired of imagism? Who took over the movement?

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