A Virginal

By Ezra Pound 1885–1972 Ezra Pound
No, no! Go from me. I have left her lately.
I will not spoil my sheath with lesser brightness,   
For my surrounding air hath a new lightness;
Slight are her arms, yet they have bound me straitly   
And left me cloaked as with a gauze of æther;   
As with sweet leaves; as with subtle clearness.   
Oh, I have picked up magic in her nearness
To sheathe me half in half the things that sheathe her.   
No, no! Go from me. I have still the flavour,   
Soft as spring wind that’s come from birchen bowers.   
Green come the shoots, aye April in the branches,
As winter’s wound with her sleight hand she staunches,   
Hath of the trees a likeness of the savour:
As white their bark, so white this lady’s hours.

Source: Selected Poems of Ezra Pound (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1957)

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Poet Ezra Pound 1885–1972

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Living, Separation & Divorce, Relationships, Men & Women

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Of all the major literary figures in the twentieth century, Ezra Pound has been one of the most controversial; he has also been one of modern poetry's most important contributors. In an introduction to the Literary Essays of Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot declared that Pound "is more responsible for the twentieth-century revolution in poetry than is any other individual." Four decades later, Donald Hall reaffirmed in remarks collected . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Separation & Divorce, Relationships, Men & Women

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Sonnet

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