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Ezra Pound

10 Ezra Pound Quotes to Make You a True Poet

To honor him another year
October 30th marks the birthday of one of the greatest American poets. Ezra Pound has set a high standard in what poetry is and what it means. From his work in the modern poetry movement to the development of Imagism, Pound was and still is a literary legend.

 

He would’ve been 133 this year, but we feel as though the expatriate should always be honored. Here are some of the best quotes from Ezra Pound.

 

Ezra Pound

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1. “Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”

 


 

2. “Literature is news that stays news.”

 


 

3. “There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and at forty-eight”

 


 

4. “Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand.”

 


 

5. “No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.”

 


 

6. “I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.”

 


 

7. “The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.”

 


 

8. “If a man isn't willing to take some risk for his opinions, either his opinions are no good or he's no good”

 


 

9. “Poetry is a sort of inspired mathematics, which gives us equations, not for abstract figures, triangles, squares, and the like, but for the human emotions. If one has a mind which inclines to magic rather than science, one will prefer to speak of these equations as spells or incantations; it sounds more arcane, mysterious, recondite.”

 


 

10. “Rhythm must have meaning.”
 

 

 

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