Ezra Pound (1885-1972) verse Personae and Exultations in 1909 established the principles of the Imagist movement, with its emphasis on brevity and clarity.
His largest Modem work was the series of Cantos 1925-1969 (intended to number 100), which attempted a massive reappraisal of history.
In Paris 1921-1925, he was a friend of US writers Gertrude Stein and Hemingway, and then settled in Rapallo, Italy. His anti-Semitism and sympathy with the fascist dictator Mussolini led him to broadcast from Italy in World War II, and he was arrested by US troops in 1945. Found unfit to plead, he was confined in a mental hospital until 1958.
His first completely Modem poem was Hugh Selwyn Mauberley in 1920. He also wrote versions of Old English, Provencal, Chinese, ancient Egyptian, and other verse.
Why is Ezra Pound famous?
Ezra Pound was an American poet, who lived in London from 1908.