Ezra Pound was a major figure in the early modernist movement. Born in America in 1885, he left his home country in 1908 and would spend much of his life in Europe. The years he spent in London are part of the emergence of modernist literature both in his own work and through his involvement with many of the writers, artists, and musicians of the early twentieth century. During his lifetime he developed close interactions with leading figures such as W. B. Yeats, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, and T. S. Eliot. Yet his life was marked by controversy and tragedy, especially during his later years. A flawed idealist and a great poet, Ezra Pound was caught up in the turmoil of darkening times, and struggling, sometimes blindly and in error and self contradiction, to be a force for enlightenment.
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