from Canto CXV

By Ezra Pound 1885–1972 Ezra Pound
The scientists are in terror
            and the European mind stops
Wyndham Lewis chose blindness
            rather than have his mind stop.
Night under wind mid garofani,
            the petals are almost still
Mozart, Linnaeus, Sulmona,
When one’s friends hate each other
            how can there be peace in the world?
Their asperities diverted me in my green time.
A blown husk that is finished
            but the light sings eternal
a pale flare over marshes
                where the salt hay whispers to tide’s change
Time, space,
          neither life nor death is the answer.
And of man seeking good,
            doing evil.
In meiner Heimat
                   where the dead walked
                              and the living were made of cardboard.

Ezra Pound, "Canto CXV" from The Cantos of Ezra Pound. Copyright © 1993 by Ezra Pound. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Source: Cantos of Ezra Pound (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1993)

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Poet Ezra Pound 1885–1972

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Death, Arts & Sciences, Sciences, Reading & Books, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

Poetic Terms Allusion, Elegy, Epic

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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, Disappointment & Failure, Death, Arts & Sciences, Sciences, Reading & Books, Social Commentaries, History & Politics, War & Conflict

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Allusion, Elegy, Epic

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