Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho in 1885.(5) He went on a trip to
Europe with his great aunt at an early age.(6) He studied at the University of
Pennsylvania and got his degree from Hamilton College.(5) Pound taught at Wabash
College for a couple of years and then took another trip abroad, where he stayed
for several years.
Pound was too old to go to World War I and was able avoid
serving in the military. His father was an Army captain, so he was familiar with
the trappings of war and the military.(1)
After the war, Pound returned to Europe and became friends with many of the writers
in the circle of ex-patriates including Ernest Hemingway. Pound wrote
many of his poems while he was in Paris and became fascinated with Chinese and
While in Europe Pound held jobs in journalism, such as working for Poetry
Magazine.(6) He also worked on his poetry and fell into the life of drinking,
gambling and carousing.
Pound is credited with influencing a genration of young writers and poets,
such as T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway. Pound also wrote
political pieces against the U.S. government which got him arrested when he
returned to America in 1945. He was later acquited.(6)
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