About the Poet
A technical genius and pivotal figure in world poetry, Ezra Loomis Pound was the iconoclast of his
day. A restless seeker and experimenter, he disdained his American roots, kept a ménage à trois
with his wife and a mistress, and cultivated a bohemian image by dressing in scruffy, romantic
splendor — cane, billowing cape, and tunic topped by rumpled hair and a saucy Van Dyke beard. On
Paris's fabled Left Bank, he kept company with expatriates Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and
Gertrude Stein and counseled emerging writers of such stature and promise as Robert Frost, D. H.
Lawrence, T. S. Eliot, H. D., e. e. cummings, William Carlos Williams, and Amy Lowell. In addition to
producing a formidable canon of verse, essay, criticism, biography, and translation, Pound stirred
international controversy and led a re-evaluation of language and meaning in modern verse.
Pound was born in a cabin in the frontier town of Hailey, Idaho, on October 30, 1885. He lived for a