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 Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

Original Name Weston Loomis
Birth
Hailey, Blaine County, Idaho, USA
Death 1 Nov 1972 (aged 87)
Venice, Città Metropolitana di Venezia, Veneto, Italy
Burial Venice, Città Metropolitana di Venezia, Veneto, Italy
Plot In Rec. Evangel. section
Memorial ID 833 · View Source
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Poet, Essayist. Born Ezra Weston Loomis Pound in Hailey, Idaho. He was the son of Homer Loomis Pound and his wife Isabel Weston. While still an infant, he moved with his family to Pennsylvania. Eventually he would attend college at the University of Pennsylvania, later moving on to Hamilton College in New York. After Graduation, he took a job at Wabash College in Indiana where he was an instructor in Romance Languages. He eventually resigned that position after what was reported as a minor scandal and traveled abroad for a time before accepting a position as the literary executor of the scholar Ernest Fenellosa. While in this position he developed an interest in Asian Poetry, which later inspired him to found the Imagist Movement in poetry and its artistic cousin, Vorticism. Pound eventually settled in London where he began relationships with some of the leading poets of the day. One of his lasting legacies would be that he helped open dialogues among artist, writers, and musicians on both continents in discussing their work and influences. He would collaborate with many of them in his time. He would also work very hard to promote the works of such artists as W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Elliot, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore. Despite his creative generosity, Pound’s personal life was stormy and controversial. In 1914, he married English artist, Dorothy Shakespear, but would not be faithful to her. His most enduring romantic relationship was with violinist Olga Rudge, which would last until his death. His political convictions would also affect his life. World War I shook his confidence in modern civilization, and he left London to go to Paris and then eventually to settle in Italy. In Italy he would become involved with Fascism. His involvement and activities to support the movement would eventually lead to his being declared a traitor and an anti-Semite. He would be arrested after the War and when brought back to the US to face his charges ended up in a psychiatric hospital. During his stay there he was visited by many of artistic friends who lobbied on his behalf outside. He would also continue to work and be recognized with various honors. On his release, he returned to Italy where he remained until he died. Pound produced a copious amount of work his most famous being the Canto series. His influence would affect the course of art, literature, and music in the twentieth century.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 833
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ezra Pound (30 Oct 1885–1 Nov 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 833, citing Cimitero di San Michele, Venice, Città Metropolitana di Venezia, Veneto, Italy ; Maintained by Find A Grave .