Quotation by Ezra Pound

Humanity is the rich effluvium, it is the waste and the manure and the soil, and from it grows the tree of the arts.
Ezra Pound (1885–1972), U.S. poet, critic. Poetry (Chicago, October 1914).

Pound was fulminating against the motto on Poetry's cover, that, "To have great poets, there must be great audiences too"Ma quote by Whitman. Pound preferred to think that the arts were dependent on no one.
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