Ezra Pound, conceptual innovator

At ages 28 and 32, conceptual innovator Ezra Pound wrote two poems that rank among the top 20 most frequently included in anthologies.

He was an archetypal young genius, whose career tailed off after his early successes. His conceptual approach is also evident in the way he emphasized technique and literary tradition rather than subject matter.

“Everything in life only serves to remind him of something in literature,” said critic Edmund Wilson.

For more on Pound, see the recent entry on him in ArtsOfInnovation.com. He’s one of several modern American poets whose careers and styles of innovation are analyzed there.

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