Ezra Pound on Writing Poetry

“Never use any word you would not actually say in moments of utmost urgency.”

–Ezra Pound

5 responses to “Ezra Pound on Writing Poetry

  1. I think Ezra Pound remains an invaluable tutor – on poetry, of course, not politics or economics! – even a hundred years later.

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  2. I disagree with the above statement by Ezra Pound. It forbids all kinds of wonderful expansions of language and— as is likely in utmost urgency— writing would become inarticulate and/or a plethora of four-letter foul words, curses, and hackneyed expressions. We would all be imprisoned in the tedium of an Ernest Hemingway novel.

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