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Ezra Pound

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Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an expatriate US poet and critic who was a major figure in the early modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language.

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Quote Left The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left. Quote Right
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Quote Left Man is an over-complicated organism. If he is doomed to extinction he will die out for want of simplicity. Quote Right
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Quote Left 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. Quote Right
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Quote Left A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression. Quote Right
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Quote Left Poetry withers and dries out when it leaves music, or at least imagined music, too far behind it. Poets who are not interested in music are, or become, bad poets. Quote Right
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