Ezra Pound: Poet. Volume I: The Young Genius 1885-1920



This First Volume Of What Will Be A Full Scale Biography Presents Ezra Pound As A Very Determined And Energetic Young Genius At 15 He Told His Father I Want To Write Before I Die The Greatest Poems That Have Ever Been Written Setting Out To Make His Way Both As A Poet And As A Force For Civilization In England And America In The Years Before, During And Just After World War I In This Lively Narrative A David Moody Weaves A Story Of Pound S Early Life And Loves, His Education In America, And His Years In London, Where He Trained Himself To Become A Great Poet Learning From W B.Yeats, Ford Madox Hueffer, And Others And Exhorting His Contemporaries To Abandon Victorian Sentimentality And Make It New Pound Was At The Center Of Everything, Forming His Own Imagiste Group, Joining With Wyndham Lewis In His Vorticism, Championing The Work Of James Joyce, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, And T S Eliot, And Constantly On The Lookout For New Talent As International Editor For Harriet Monroe S Poetry Magazine Moody Traces Pound S Evolution As A Poet From The Derivative Idealism And Aestheticism Of His Precocious Youth To His Cathay, Based On The Transliterations Of The Sineologist Ernest Fenollosa, To The Stunningly Original Homage To SextusPropertius And Hugh Selwyn Mauberley By 1920 Pound Was Established As A Force For Revolution In Poetry And In His Critical Writing As A Brilliant Iconoclast Who Argued Against Stifling Conventions And The Economic Injustice Of The Capitalist System Ezra Pound Poet Gives Us Illuminating Readings Of The Major Early Works And A Unforgettable Portrait Of Pound Himself By Turns Brilliant, Combative, Selfless, Ambitious And Always Fascinating.Ezra Pound: Poet. Volume I: The Young Genius 1885-1920

Anthony David Moody is Professor of English at the University of York.

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  • Hardcover
  • 507 pages
  • Ezra Pound: Poet. Volume I: The Young Genius 1885-1920
  • Anthony David Moody
  • English
  • 02 October 2017
  • 9780199215577

10 thoughts on “Ezra Pound: Poet. Volume I: The Young Genius 1885-1920

  1. says:

    Pound the poet, the propagandist, the editor, the talent scout, all dutifully reported and examined by A.David Moody, a literature professor and literary biographer William Carlos Williams had opined that the self created Pound was certainly a genius but added that he was, as well, an ass I was grateful to read this in this slow moving biography , if only to know that it wasn t just me that thought him as someone who it was work than it was worth to know.Moody s thesis seems to confirm my suspicions that the greater part of Pound s genius, as it were, lay in his massive appreciation in the genius of others He was, in my view, a first rate talent scout and an enthusiastic supporter of new and revolutionary work I will admit that there are those few poems written by his hand that I ve actually liked, but as the review suggests, his most radical writing wasn t just dense difficult by a daunting learnedness, but because the writing was a melange of styles , emulations, parodies and voices that collectively couldn t pierce...

  2. says:

    The events of a life like mine are of course fantasmagoria, but the events working inward I mean the effects of events on whatever in genuis takes the place of the self in a human being are even harder to follow E.P.Indeed But I appreciate the minutia of even utterly literary lives, especially those of remarkable talent, energy and ambition like Pound s This 1st of 2 volumes covers his education in the US and then England and growth of his busy career as poet, journalist, reviewer and tireless organizer after what he considered to be true art worth supporting Volume 2 will cover his move and time in Italy from the late 20 s on, including his stupid embrace of Mussolini s fascism Two things I like about Pound 1 he did not produce or support art out of boredom, or self exploration or some other baser motive He was convinced the world needed true poetry, new images woven out of the old myths, and he d tried his best to deliver Poetry for him was not a department of life, let along a diversion No , but essential to the salvation of a civilization worthy of humanity Poetry s moral and social function is to release the mind from staid habits of thought, destroy the numbing effect of propaganda, and energize ...

  3. says:

    Pound the poet, the propagandist, the editor, the talent scout, all dutifully reported and examined by A.David Moody, a literature professor and literary biographer William Carlos Williams had opined that the self created Pound was certainly a genius but added that he was, as well, an ass I was grateful to read this in this slow moving biography , if only to know that it wasn t just me that thought him as someone who it was work than it was worth to know.Moody s thesis seems to confirm my suspicions that the greater part of Pound s genius, as it were, lay in his massive appreciation in the genius of others He was, in my view, a first rate talent scout and an enthusiastic supporter of new and revolutionary work I will admit that there are those few poems written by his hand that I ve actually liked, but as the review suggests, his most radical writing wasn t just dense difficult by a daunting erudition, but because the writing was a melange of styles , emulations, parodies and voices that collectively couldn t pierce the veil of self imposed obscurity The difficulty seems a self fulfilling prophecy purposefully abstruse verse with little aid to the curious, and a built in rationale for further lacerating the rubes for their failure to get what he was getting at Like Ayn Rand, Pound s central belief was in genius that was dictatori...

  4. says:

    This is a fascinating account of Pound s early life and the development of his poetics before he became a nutter Exploring Pound s own work as well as his relationships with and support of Yeats, Joyce, Eliot, Ford, Lewis, and others, the author reveals in a wonderfully readable narrati...

  5. says:

    Exhaustive and exhausting The paperbound version is just shy of two pounds Even carrying it around is work.And have no doubt, a lot of work went into this book A lot.Moody nicely finesses the traditional biographical obligation of spending too much time on the subject s family and lineage, using jump cuts to his advantage But along about the time Pound gets to college he slows up and what we have here is a month to month account of Pound s life.Put another way, what we have here is a chronicle than a biography Moody is very close to his subject so much so that those coming cold to Pound as I was will find part of the book confusing if not downright unintelligible The context is always Pound s immediate contacts, immediate connections, immediate relations.It took a brass ass to sit in the archives long enough to get all of this down, and that work alone warrants the book an extra star Hats off to Moody He is also attuned to Pound s poetry, above all, and offers insightful readings of his work attention to the aesthetic dimensions of artists is weirdly infrequent in modern biographies, which focus on the psychological and the sociological instead All these are good things Especially since Pound at ...

  6. says:

    Good and well researched biography I will certainly continue into the second.

  7. says:

    read humphrey carpenter s bio if you want the narrative to stick closely to pound s life and activities from cradle to grave by comparison, moody usually narrates only as much as is beneficial to understanding pound s poetic mindset the rest is a very good chronological, comprehensive criticism of the poetry.i m very excited to read this criticism as applied to EP s po...

  8. says:

    So far, it is a great biography of Pound, and I am enjoying it I haven t read enough to completely review it, but from what I can tell, it is very nicely written and deserves at least a 3 star rating for now.

  9. says:

    I mostly enjoyed the biographical sections Pound s generosity to other writers when he was still struggling himself is amazing The litcrit sections I mostly skipped.

  10. says:

    Biog P876mo

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