Ezra Pound
In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound

In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; petals on a wet, black bough.

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A Pact by Ezra Pound

A Pact by Ezra Pound

I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman - I have detested you long enough.I come to you as a grown childWho has had a pig-headed father;I am old enough now to make friends.It was you ...

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A Girl by Ezra Pound

A Girl by Ezra Pound

The tree has entered my hands,The sap has ascended my arms,The tree has grown in my breast -Downward,The branches grow out of me, like arms.Tree you are,Moss you are,You are ...

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Before Sleep by Ezra Pound

Before Sleep by Ezra Pound

The lateral vibrations caress me, They leap and caress me, They work pathetically in my favour, They seek my financial good. She of the spear stands present. The gods of the ...

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Canto 13 by Ezra Pound

Canto 13 by Ezra Pound

Kung walked by the dynastic templeand into the cedar grove, and then out by the lower river,And with him Khieu Tchi and Tian the low speakingAnd "we are ...

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Ancient Music by Ezra Pound

Ancient Music by Ezra Pound

Winter is icummen in, Lhude sing Goddamm. Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how the wind doth ramm! Sing: Goddamm. Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us, An ague hath my ham. Freezeth ...

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Alba by Ezra Pound

Alba by Ezra Pound

As cool as the pale wet leaves of lily-of-the-valleyShe lay beside me in the dawn.

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An Immorality by Ezra Pound

An Immorality by Ezra Pound

Sing we for love and idleness,Naught else is worth the having. Though I have been in many a land,There is naught else in living. And I would rather have my sweet,Though ...

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And The Days Are Not Full Enough by Ezra Pound

And The Days Are Not Full Enough by Ezra Pound

And the days are not full enoughAnd the nights are not full enoughAnd life slips by like a field mouse Not shaking the grass

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[greek] by Ezra Pound

[greek] by Ezra Pound

Be in me as the eternal moods of the bleak wind, and not As transient things are— gaiety of flowers. Have me in the strong loneliness of sunless cliffs And of gray waters. Let the ...

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Francesca by Ezra Pound

Francesca by Ezra Pound

You came in out of the nightAnd there were flowers in your hand,Now you will come out of a confusion of people,Out of a turmoil of speech about you.I who have seen you amid the ...

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Tame Cat by Ezra Pound

Tame Cat by Ezra Pound

It rests me to be among beautiful womenWhy should one always lie about such matters?I repeat:It rests me to converse with beautiful womenEven though we talk nothing but ...

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Canto Xlix: For The Seven Lakes by Ezra Pound

Canto Xlix: For The Seven Lakes by Ezra Pound

For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses:Rain; empty river; a voyage,Fire from frozen cloud, heavy rain in the twilightUnder the cabin roof was one lantern.The reeds are ...

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The Tree by Ezra Pound

The Tree by Ezra Pound

I stood still and was a tree amid the wood,Knowing the truth of things unseen before; Of Daphne and the laurel bowAnd that god-feasting couple oldthat grew elm-oak amid the ...

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Cantico Del Sole by Ezra Pound

Cantico Del Sole by Ezra Pound

The thought of what America would be likeIf the Classics had a wide circulation &nbs p; Troubles my sleep,The thought of what America,The thought of what America,The thought ...

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In The Old Age Of The Soul by Ezra Pound

In The Old Age Of The Soul by Ezra Pound

I do not choose to dream; there cometh on meSome strange old lust for deeds.As to the nerveless hand of some old warriorThe sword-hilt or the war-worn wonted helmetBrings ...

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Salutation by Ezra Pound

Salutation by Ezra Pound

O generation of the thoroughly smug and thoroughly uncomfortable,I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun,I have seen them with untidy families,I have seen their smiles ...

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The Seafarer by Ezra Pound

The Seafarer by Ezra Pound

(From the early Anglo-Saxon text) May I for my own self song's truth reckon,Journey's jargon, how I in harsh daysHardship endured oft.Bitter breast-cares have I abided,Known on my ...

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Canto I by Ezra Pound

Canto I by Ezra Pound

And then went down to the ship,Set keel to breakers, forth on the godly sea, andWe set up mast and sail on that swart ship,Bore sheep aboard her, and our bodies alsoHeavy with ...

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The Garden by Ezra Pound

The Garden by Ezra Pound

En robe de parade. SamainLike a skein of loose silk blown against a wallShe walks by the railing of a path in Kensington Gardens,And she is dying piece-meal Tof a sort of ...

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Dance Figure by Ezra Pound

Dance Figure by Ezra Pound

For the Marriage in Cana of GalileeDark-eyed, O woman of my dreams, Ivory sandalled, There is none like thee among the dancers, None with swift feet.I have not found thee in the ...

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Ballad Of The Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound

Ballad Of The Goodly Fere by Ezra Pound

Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' allFor the priests and the gallows tree?Aye lover he was of brawny men,O' ships and the open sea.When they came wi' a host to take Our ManHis ...

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Ballad For Gloom by Ezra Pound

Ballad For Gloom by Ezra Pound

For God, our God is a gallant foe That playeth behind the veil. I have loved my God as a child at heart That seeketh deep bosoms for rest, I have loved my God as a maid to man— ...

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A Song Of The Degrees by Ezra Pound

A Song Of The Degrees by Ezra Pound

IRest me with Chinese colours,For I think the glass is evil.IIThe wind moves above the wheat-With a silver crashing,A thin war of metal.I have known the golden disc,I have seen it ...

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A Virginal by Ezra Pound

A Virginal by 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 ...

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Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) by Ezra Pound

Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (Part I) by Ezra Pound

"Vocat aestus in umbram" Nemesianus Es. IV. E. P. Ode pour l'election de son sepulchre For three years, out of key with his time,He strove to resuscitate the dead artOf poetry; to ...

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The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound

The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter by Ezra Pound

After Li PoWhile my hair was still cut straight across my foreheadI played at the front gate, pulling flowers.You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse,You walked ...

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Song by Ezra Pound

Song by Ezra Pound

Winter is icummen in,Lhude sing Goddamm,Raineth drop and staineth slop,and how the wind doth ramm,Sing: Goddamm.Skiddeth bus and sloppeth us,An ague hath my ham.Freezeth river, ...

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The Plunge by Ezra Pound

The Plunge by Ezra Pound

I would bathe myself in strangeness:These comforts heaped upon me, smother me!I burn, I scald so for the new,New friends, new faces,Places!Oh to be out of this,This that is all I ...

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The Encounter by Ezra Pound

The Encounter by Ezra Pound

All the while they were talking the new moralityHer eyes explored me.And when I rose to goHer fingers were like the tissueOf a Japanese paper napkin.

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The Seeing Eye by Ezra Pound

The Seeing Eye by Ezra Pound

The small dogs look at the big dogs;They observe unwieldy dimensionsAnd curious imperfections of odor.Here is the formal male group:The young men look upon their seniors,They ...

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The Return by Ezra Pound

The Return by Ezra Pound

See, they return; ah, see the tentative Movements, and the slow feet, The trouble in the pace and the uncertain Wavering!See, they return, one by one, With fear, as half-awakened; ...

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Masks by Ezra Pound

Masks by Ezra Pound

These tales of old disguisings, are they notStrange myths of souls that found themselves amongUnwonted folk that spake an hostile tongue,Some soul from all the rest who'd not ...

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Grace Before Song by Ezra Pound

Grace Before Song by Ezra Pound

Lord God of heaven that with mercy dight Th'alternate prayer wheel of the night and light Eternal hath to thee, and in whose sight Our days as rain drops in the sea surge fall,As ...

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Taking Leave Of A Friend by Ezra Pound

Taking Leave Of A Friend by Ezra Pound

Blue mountains to the north of the walls,White river winding about them;Here we must make separationAnd go out through a thousand miles of dead grass.Mind like a floating wide ...

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Ancient Wisdom, Rather Cosmic by Ezra Pound

Ancient Wisdom, Rather Cosmic by Ezra Pound

So-shu dreamed,And having dreamed that he was a bird, a bee, and a butterfly,He was uncertain why he should try to feel like anything else,Hence his contentment.

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A Ballad Of The Mulberry Road by Ezra Pound

A Ballad Of The Mulberry Road by Ezra Pound

The sun rises in south east corner of thingsTo look on the tall house of the ShinFor they have a daughter named Rafu,(pretty girl)She made the name for herself: 'Gauze Veil,'For ...

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Further Instructions by Ezra Pound

Further Instructions by Ezra Pound

Come, my songs, let us express our baser passions.Let us express our envy for the man with a steady job and no worry about the future. You are very idle, my songs, I fear you will ...

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Albatre by Ezra Pound

Albatre by Ezra Pound

This lady in the white bath-robe which she calls apeignoir,Is, for the time being, the mistress of my friend,And the delicate white feet of her little white dogAre not more ...

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L’Art by Ezra Pound

L’Art by Ezra Pound

Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth,Crushed strawberries! Come, let us feast our eyes.

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The Needle by Ezra Pound

The Needle by Ezra Pound

Come, or the stellar tide will slip away.Eastward avoid the hour of its decline,Now! for the needle trembles in my soul!Here have we had the vantage, the good hour.Here we have ...

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Canto Xiii: Kung Walked by Ezra Pound

Canto Xiii: Kung Walked by Ezra Pound

Kung walkedby the dynastic templeand into the cedar grove,and then out by the lower river,And with him Khieu Tchiand Tian the low speakingAnd ``we are unknown," said Kung,``You ...

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Cino by Ezra Pound

Cino by Ezra Pound

Italian Campagna 1309, the open roadBah! I have sung women in three cities,But it is all the same;And I will sing of the sun.Lips, words, and you snare them,Dreams, words, and ...

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Meditatio by Ezra Pound

Meditatio by Ezra Pound

When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogsI am compelled to concludeThat man is the superior animal. When I consider the curious habits of manI confess, my friend, I am ...

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Ts’Ai Chi’H by Ezra Pound

Ts’Ai Chi’H by Ezra Pound

The petals fall in the fountain, the orange-coloured rose-leaves, Their ochre clings to the stone.

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Lament Of The Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound

Lament Of The Frontier Guard by Ezra Pound

By the North Gate, the wind blows full of sand,Lonely from the beginning of time until now!Trees fall, the grass goes yellow with autumn.I climb the towers and towersto watch out ...

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The Garrett by Ezra Pound

The Garrett by Ezra Pound

Come, let us pity those who are better off than we are.Come, my friend, and remember t hat the rich have butlers and no friends,And we have friends and no butlers.Come, let ...

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The Summons by Ezra Pound

The Summons by Ezra Pound

I can not bow to woo theeWith honey words and flower kissesAnd the dew of sweet half-truthsFallen on the grass of old quaint love-talesOf broidered days foredone.Nor in the ...

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The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound

The Lake Isle by Ezra Pound

O God, O Venus, O Mercury, patron of thieves, Give me in due time, I beseech you, a little tobacco-shop, With the little bright boxespiled up neatly upon the shelvesAnd the loose ...

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The Fault Of It by Ezra Pound

The Fault Of It by Ezra Pound

Some may have blamed us that we cease to speakOf things we spoke of in our verses early,Saying: a lovely voice is such as such;Saying: that lady's eyes were sad last week,Wherein ...

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