Horia-Roman Patapievici: Dare to sing a poem

Humanitas Fiction Publishing House has launched a Romanian edition of the collection of poems written by Ezra Pound, entitled – Opere I. The volume is available in all Humanitas bookshops from the countrym but it also can be purchased online.

Horia-Roman Patapievici, writer, philosopher, physicist, essayist:Ezra Pound sang his poems according to the musicality of the words. How bountiful is the sonority of the poem if the reader even dares to sing it. We no longer dare to sing poetry and the problem does not rely in the score. You go deep down into the meaning of the poem and you must have the boldness to sing it. Singing a poem may actually do you good. Just try it and you’ll see.

Radu Vancu, poet and translator: The beauty of Ezra Pound’s poetry is the way the author succeeded in introducing the humane within. Ezra Pound was so concerned with the human sense from the poem that had a significant contribution to changing profoundly the humans around him. I do not refer here to the great writers he helped with their works W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, H. D., James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and especially T. S. Eliot, but also at ordinary people.


Mini-biography: Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, on October 30, 1885. He completed two years of college at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a degree from Hamilton College in 1905. After teaching at Wabash College for two years, he travelled abroad to Spain, Italy, and London, where, as the literary executor of the scholar Ernest Fenellosa, he became interested in Japanese and Chinese poetry. He married Dorothy Shakespear in 1914 and became London editor of the Little Review in 1917.

In 1924, he moved to Italy; during this period of voluntary exile, Pound became involved in Fascist politics, and did not return to the United States until 1945, when he was arrested on charges of treason for broadcasting Fascist propaganda by radio to the United States during World War II. In 1946, he was acquitted, but declared mentally ill and committed to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. During his confinement, the jury of the Bollingen-Library of Congress Award (which included a number of the most eminent writers of the time) decided to overlook Pound’s political career in the interest of recognizing his poetic achievements, and awarded him the prize for the Pisan Cantos (1948). After continuous appeals from writers won his release from the hospital in 1958, Pound returned to Italy and settled in Venice, where he died, a semi-recluse, on November 1, 1972.

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