Pound Ezra 1885 - 1972 (87)

Ποιητές, που δεν τους ενδιαφέρει η μουσική, είναι -ή γίνονται- κακοί ποιητές.



Ezra Pound was an American poet and essayist, considered one of the most important poets of American modernism. Born in Idaho on October 30, 1885, he grew up in Pennsylvania and from 1900 to 1905 studied comparative literature and foreign languages ​​at the university there. He taught French and Spanish for a while at an Indiana college and when he was fired in 1907 for his relationship with a dancer, he emigrated to Europe. He lived for a year in Venice, where he printed his first collection of poetry. He then went to London where he published two more collections. In 1914 he married and had a son, but left them for the pianist Olga Rudge, with whom he had a daughter and remained in a relationship with her until the end of his life. In 1920 Pound moved to Paris and came in contact with a number of artists, musicians and writers; he was the one who motivated Eliot to print his works. From 1924 he moved to Italy and during World War II became a staunch supporter of Mussolini. He made radio broadcasts in which he defended the Axis powers and denounced American involvement in the war. He was arrested by US troops in 1945 and he was left locked in a wire cage in Pisa, where he suffered a nervous breakdown. He was sent to America and went on trial for treason. He was deemed mentally unfit and locked up in a psychiatric hospital until 1958. When he was released he returned directly to Italy and lived in Venice until November 2, 1972.