Ezra Pound poetry

Interviews and readings
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Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement, and a fascist collaborator in Italy during World War II. His works include Ripostes (1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920), and his 800-page epic poem, The Cantos (c. 1917–1962).

Pound's contribution to poetry began in the early 20th century with his role in developing Imagism, a movement stressing precision and economy of language. Working in London as foreign editor of several American literary magazines, he helped discover and shape the work of contemporaries such as T. S. Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce. He was responsible for the 1914 serialization of Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, the 1915 publication of Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock", and the serialization from 1918 of Joyce's Ulysses. Hemingway wrote in 1932 that, for poets born in the late 19th or early 20th century, not to be influenced by Pound would be "like passing through a great blizzard and not feeling its cold."

  1. A. Filreis interviews R. Sieburth about Pound's work (40.4Mb)
  2. Sestina: Altaforte (5Mb)
  3. The Seafarer (9.8Mb)
  4. Homage to Sextus Propertius, Section VI (1.9Mb)
  5. E.P.: Ode Pour L'Election de Son Sepulchre (3Mb)
  6. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, Parts II, IV, & V (4.1Mb)
  7. Yeux Glauques (0.8Mb)
  8. Envoi (1919) (from Hugh Selwyn Mauberley at the end of Part I) (1.1Mb)
  9. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, First two sections of Part II (2.2Mb)
  10. Cantico del sole (1.3Mb)
  11. Canto XVII (4.8Mb)
  12. Canto XXX (0.7Mb)
  13. Canto XLV (4.4Mb)
  14. Canto LVI (13.4Mb)
  15. Canto XLVI (15.7Mb)
  16. The Exile's Letter (4.7Mb)
  17. The Gypsy (0.8Mb)
  18. Cantico del Sole (0.8Mb)
  19. Moeurs Contemporaines (2.3Mb)
  20. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (9.9Mb)
  21. Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (5.6Mb)
  22. Canto I (5.1Mb)
  23. Canto IV (6.9Mb)
  24. Canto XXXVI (6.1Mb)
  25. Canto XLV (3Mb)
  26. Canto LI (3.6Mb)
  27. Canto LXXXIV (5.1Mb)
  28. From Canto LXXVI (3.8Mb)
  29. Canto XCIX (21.6Mb)
  30. Impressions of François-Marie Arouet (de Voltaire), I (“Phyllidula and the Spoils of Gouvernet”) (1Mb)
  31. Impressions, II (“To Madame du Châtelet”) (1.9Mb)
  32. Impressions, III (“To Madame Lullin”) (0.9Mb)
  33. Impressions, III (“To Madame Lullin,” German translation) (1.1Mb)
  34. “Der Wirbel” (German trans. of “Phanopoeia, I”) (1Mb)
  35. “Es starben” (German trans. of “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley, I, V”) (0.9Mb)
  36. 1959 Brunnenberg Recordings (24.1Mb)
  37. Canto III (2.7Mb)
  38. Canto XVI (12Mb)
  39. Canto XLIX (2.8Mb)
  40. Canto LXXXI - First Reading (9.1Mb)
  41. Canto LXXXI - Second Reading (9.3Mb)
  42. Canto XCII (6Mb)
  43. Canto CVI (5.9Mb)
  44. Canto CXV (1.1Mb)
  45. Hid! Hid! (0.7Mb)
  46. O omen tree (0.6Mb)
  47. In fleecy coats (0.6Mb)
  48. Lies a dead deer (0.5Mb)
  49. Dry grass, in vale (0.4Mb)

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