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One Of America's Greatest Poets Who Was Also One Of Its Most Infamous Propaganda Broadcasters! A Documentary Analysis Of A Tragically Flawed Genius' Life And Work (Color, 1988, 56 Minutes) And A Complete World War II Propaganda Broadcast Of His, POWER (World War II, 14 Minutes), Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! #EzraPound #Poets #Critics #Modernism #Imagism #Fascism #Antisemitism #Poetry #AmericanPoetry #PoetryOfAmerica #Literature #AmericanLiterature #LiteratureOfAmerica #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
EZRA POUND: AMERICAN ODYSSEY (DOCUMENTARY)
A careful, even-handed, critical and nonetheless empathetic analysis of a man of great poetic genius and tragically arrogant misjudgement. His excellent poetry is analyzed and explained, his life experiences recounted, and his merit firmly established; nevertheless, his anti-semetism and pro-fascist sentiments are well exposed, and his naivete and moral judgement received an honest and well merited condemnation.
EZRA POUND: POWER (ITALIAN WORLD WAR II RADIO BROADCAST)
A complete episode of one of Pound's English language addresses to the people of the United States from Italy during the period of World War II when both countries were at war with each other about the American constitution and Pound's criticisms of Franklin Roosevelt and all those that he believed were subverting it. It was mostly on the strength of broadcasts such as this one that Pound was arraigned in Washington D.C. for treason in 1945. J. C. Kaelin obtained the source media for this broadcast from a trip he made to the National Archives in 1997, and through extensive digital remastering which took several full days to accomplish managed to make the broadcast even and clearly audible for the first time since it was broadcasted. An extraordary insight into Pound's mind, motives and politics.
Ezra Pound, American poet and critic (October 30, 1885 - November 1, 1972) was born Ezra Weston Loomis Pound in a two-story clapboard house in Hailey, Idaho Territory. Ezra Pound was an expatriate 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. His works include Ripostes (1912), Hugh Selwyn Mauberley (1920) and the unfinished 120-section epic, The Cantos (1917-1969). Pound worked in London during the early 20th century as foreign editor of several American literary magazines, and helped discover and shape the work of contemporaries such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Robert Frost and Ernest Hemingway. 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. During World War II, he was paid by the Italian government to make hundreds of radio broadcasts criticizing the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jews, as a result of which he was arrested in 1945 by American forces in Italy on charges of treason. He spent months in detention in a U.S. military camp in Pisa, including three weeks in a 6-by-6-foot (1.8 by 1.8 m) outdoor steel cage, which he said triggered a mental breakdown: "when the raft broke and the waters went over me". Deemed unfit to stand trial, he was incarcerated in St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital in Washington, D.C., for over 12 years. While in custody in Italy, Pound begun to work on sections of The Cantos. 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. Largely due to a campaign by his fellow writers, he was released from St. Elizabeths in 1958 and returned to live in Italy until his death. 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." Ezra Pound died at San Giovanni e Paolo Civil Hospital in Venice of a sudden blockage of the intestine two days after his 87th birthday.