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Ezra Pound: Found Poem
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.
(To learn more about found poems, click here.)
"Go in fear
of abstractions. Do not retell
in mediocre verse
what has already been done
in good prose. Don’t think any intelligent
is going to be deceived when you try
all the difficulties of the unspeakably difficult
of good prose
From “A Few Don’t’s”