Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an American expatriate poet, critic and a major figure of the early Modernist movement. His contribution to poetry began with his promotion of Imagism, a movement which derived its technique from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry to stress clarity, precision and economy of language. From 1912 until the mid-1920s he lived in London and Paris, vigorously promoting the work of the best known modernist writers such as W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Ernest Hemingway, visual artists including Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and musicians including George Antheil. His later work, covering nearly fifty years, centers on his epic poem The Cantos.
Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, and grew up in suburban Philadelphia, where his father was an assayer at the U.S. Mint. He studied classical literature at the University of Pennsylvania and Hamilton College. In 1908 he moved to London where he lived until 1921 before relocating… read more