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Ezra Pound: Found Poem

Updated on February 18, 2013
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound was an American Modernist poet (He was also instrumental in developing the Imagist movement.) who lived from October 1882 to November 1972. He spent much of his time in England penning many classical poems including In a Station at the Metro, along with many many Cantos.

While he did do many longer pieces, he was best known for his spare and very specific poems, using concrete details and very few adjectives. An example of this is Metro which, in it's first draft was thirty lines long. The final draft is the famous two line poem, which uses very strong and specific details to show what Pound saw when he was exiting a train. He is one of my favorite poets, and also one of the coolest looking.

What follow is a tribute to Pound. Instead of using my words, I chose to use words from Pound's own work and turn them into a poem. It is from an article by Ezra Pound wrote on the use of imagery in poems. It's a fun and visual way to present what he was trying to teach in his essay.

Enjoy!

(To learn more about found poems, click here.)


EZRA POUND

"Go in fear

of abstractions. Do not retell

in mediocre verse

what has already been done

in good prose. Don’t think any intelligent

person

is going to be deceived when you try

to shirk

all the difficulties of the unspeakably difficult

art

of good prose

by chopping

your

composition

into

line lengths."


From “A Few Don’t’s”

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thansk Jamie. He's one of my favorites too! Thanks for reading and commenting

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Rebecca. Interesting and brilliant. He's one of my favorites :-) Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      This is awesome and great advice, thank you for a great hub about one of my favorite poets. Jamie

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I have seen Ezra Pound's work before, but I had sort of forgotten about him. Thanks for the refresher! He is an interesting guy, for sure!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      thanks so much, xstatic. i was pleased to find it and i had to turn it into a poem :-)

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Good "find" alright!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks, Coolmon. I'm pleased that you ennjoyed this!

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice article on Ezra Pound, enjoyed reading it.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Jhamann. Him, WCW and Frost have been in my favorite rotation of late. Frost's "Out Out" blows my mind

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Ezra is the poet I keep close to my heart, he was the first poet I read that started to ignite the "how does he do this.." fire. Then I read T.S. Eliot, WCW, and started gulping it up by the bookful. Thank you for this awesome piece on a poet I love. Jamie

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Kelly! I'm glad you enjoyed this!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very interesting! I really liked the way you educated us and shared a favorite!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Raci!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Teylina, I haven't a clue. I'm glad you enjoyed this though. I have a hub on William Carlos Williams coming out later today!

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      it's great that you have paid tribute to a poetry icon Justin...

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      Teylina 5 years ago

      Remind me: what's the opposite of literature (incl'g poetry?} Makes me think of something Pound wrote, but then I come up w/Oscar Wilde. Doesn't matter. The Pound poem is perfect, and I'm glad you shared it Thanks.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Michael, do yourself an immediate favor and refresh your memory. go to poetryfoundation.orgn(or maybe .com)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      DrTruthman, it is certainly an honor to have my writing take you back to your college days! I'm glad you enjoyed this and I'm glad you enjoyed my poetry.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      you're very welcome, Sue!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      Good work Justin, Pound is one of those guys that pops up in my memory but I cannot remember any of his work. I will check him out thanks and SHARING.

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Wow PDX, I thought for a moment I was in Dr. Worthington's American lit class back in college. Quite good and ingenious. As Audrey said so well, you have made us realize how difficult writing GOOD poetry can be and one reason I rarely turn my hand to it; although it is fun. Great job and I voted UP all across.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Thanks PDX! I really appreciate your feedback. :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I just click "share with followers" if I'm sharing it on hubpages

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Sue, I really like that. Good work!

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Tried again but no go. How do you do yours?

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi PDX

      Well done. Voted up and awesome.

      I have never tried a found poem. Here goes.

      "Use

      No superflous word

      No adjective

      Which

      Does not reveal

      Something"

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Alastar... I've heard of Burroughs doing that. Seems like a fun, almost stream of consciousness way of writing. Thanks for sharing. Not sure why it didn't show in your feed.You could always share again :-)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      No problem, Martie. I hope you enjoy him!

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Quite interesting and well done Justin. Pound pops up all the time in my reading material. William Burroughs invented something where you take different pieces of text, mix them up, and then randomly pick lines for a poem or whatever. Can't remember what its called. Anyway I tried to share one of your hubs but it didn't show on my feed. What I do wrong?

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      Martie Coetser 5 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks, PDX, for introducing me to Ezra Pound.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Hawkesdream. That's the fun of Found poems. You should give them a shot, if you haven't...

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      Hawkesdream 5 years ago from Cornwall

      I enjoyed this. I love the way you transformed an article to poetry, without losing the original essence.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      tireless... how does it elude you? That's actually a very poetic statement! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Jen, he's a great one to start with. better then that windbag Shakespeare (said with no sarcasm). Thanks for enjoying this and for writing and commenting!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks, Gypsy... and I haven't forgotten about your e mail. I promise!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Writing poetry eludes me, though I like reading it. Nice hub.

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      I have never heard of Ezra, yet I am only a mere novice in learning about poets. This found poem has sparked quite an interest to learn more about him and your tribute of sorts, is by far one of my favorites you have written, Awesome.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome! Well done, creative and wonderful tribute to Ezra Pound.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Aurelio. I hope he would be! That would be a terrifi compliment!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      echoe... we get better by doing, mimicking and revising. There's value and quality in everything, but if your work is not getting better, then you need to evaluate your process. Who better to mimic then Ezra Pound? Check out my other writing tips if you're interested!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks, John. He was a terrific poet and his view of the world was very interesting.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Truly, Geena, if poetry were easy then everyone would be getting published. I don't know about you, but my rejection file si bigger then my acceptance pile :=)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks so much, Sooner!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Teacher... and me too

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Tammy. When I read that paragraph, it just sounded poetic... so i made it a poem :-)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Audrey. Sometimes HubPages knows what they're doing, though i did ask for a manual review, based on the subject matter.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Nice and unusual. I'm sure Mr. Pound would be pleased at your tribute. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      echoe0021 5 years ago from Conway, AR

      Excellent work, definitely makes me rethink what I've done and just how much quality there is in it.

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Awesome PDXKaraokeGuy. Pound is one of the great intellectuals of the 20th Century and you did him justice.

      Voted up and take care

      John

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I am a long-time fan of Ezra, and I also agree with Audrey Howitt; this gives us a peek into how challenging writing good poetry can be. It begins with honesty. Very intersting hub...well done! :-)

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      Sooner28 5 years ago

      I like this poem!

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      Great poem! And I love Ezra Pound!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      A great tribute and great points about composition and line endings. I think EP would give you a big thumbs up! Well done!

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      And so they did and so you did! Nice write Justin!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      audrey and pickles, thanks very much. hubpages made me revise this so please reread it with the additional information :-)

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Superb!Very enjoyable. vote up

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Makes us realize how difficult writing good poetry can be--

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