Ezra Pound quotes

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If a nation's literature declines, the nation atrophies and decays.
Literature does not exist in a vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social function exactly proportional to their ability as wr ...
Any general statement is like a cheque drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.
Literature is news that STAYS news.
The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
As cool as the pale wet leaves of lily-of-the-valley
Winter is icummen in,
Lhude sing Goddamm,
Raineth drop and staineth slop,
And how the wind doth ramm!
I
Am here a Poet, that doth drink of life
As lesser men drink wine.
It was you that broke the new wood,
Now is a time for carving.
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I make a pact with you, Walt Whitman--
I have detested you long enough.
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