“He defends [his friends] when they are attacked, he gets them into magazines and out of jail. … He writes articles about them. He introduces them to wealthy women. He gets publishers to take their books. He sits up all night with them when they claim to be dying … he advances them hospital expenses and dissuades them from suicide.” – Hemmingway, 1925
Who is influential individual described above?
Need a few more clues?
- He was arrested for treason by American forces in Italy in 1945. He spent months in detention in a U.S. military camp in Pisa, including 25 days in a six-by-six-foot outdoor steel cage that he said triggered a mental breakdown.
- 1933 Time magazine called him “a cat that walks by himself, tenaciously unhousebroken and very unsafe for children.”
- Best known for his Ripostes (1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920) and his unfinished 120-section epic, The Cantos (1917–1969).
None other than Ezra Pound, illustrious and controversial wordsmith whose distinct modern style stressed the importance of clarity and economy of language. He was never one to say more than he wished, and though renowned for his longer works, his shorter poems also pack a hefty punch.
The Plunge – Ezra Pound
I would bathe myself in strangeness:
These comforts heaped upon me, smother me!
I burn, I scald so for the new,
New friends, new faces,
Oh to be out of this,
This that is all I wanted
– save the new.
Love, you the much, the more desired!
Do I not loathe all walls, streets, stones,
All mire, mist, all fog,
All ways of traffic?
You, I wold have flow over me like water,
Oh, but far out of this!
Grass, and low fields, and hills,
Oh, sun enough!
Out, and alone, among some