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Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist movement.His contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language.This included arranging for the publication in 1915 of Eliot's "The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock" and the serialization from 1918 of Joyce's Ulysses.His political views ensure that his work remains as controversial now as it was during his lifetime; in 1933 Time magazine called him "a cat that walks by himself, tenaciously unhousebroken and very unsafe for children." Hemingway wrote: "The best of Pound's writing—and it is in the Cantos—will last as long as there is any literature." Pound was born in a small, two-story house in Hailey, Idaho Territory, the only child of Homer Loomis Pound (1858–1942) and Isabel Weston (1860–1948).His father had worked in Hailey since 1883 as registrar of the General Land Office.
Elizabeths in 1958 and returned to live in Italy until his death.
During World War II, he was paid by the Italian government to make hundreds of radio broadcasts criticizing the United States, Franklin D. military camp in Pisa, including three weeks in a six-by-six-foot outdoor steel cage, which he said triggered a mental breakdown: "when the raft broke and the waters went over me". While in custody in Italy, Pound had begun work on sections of The Cantos.
Roosevelt and Jews, as a result of which he was arrested in 1945 by American forces in Italy on charges of treason. Deemed unfit to stand trial, he was incarcerated in St. These were published as The Pisan Cantos (1948), for which he was awarded the Bollingen Prize in 1949 by the Library of Congress, triggering enormous controversy.
Angered by the carnage of World War I, Pound lost faith in England and blamed the war on usury and international capitalism.
He moved to Italy in 1924, and throughout the 1930s and 1940s he embraced Benito Mussolini's fascism, expressed support for Adolf Hitler, and wrote for publications owned by the British fascist Oswald Mosley.Both parents' ancestors had emigrated from England in the 17th century.