Ezra Pound Poems
- 51. Ts'ai Chi'h
The petals fall in the fountain,
the orange-coloured rose-leaves, Their ochre clings to the stone.
- 52. Pan Is Dead
â??Pan is dead. Great Pan is dead.
Ah! bow your heads, ye maidens all,
And weave ye him his coronal.â??
- 53. Impressions Of Francois-marie Arouet (de Voltaire)
Phyllidula and the Spoils of Gouvernet
- 54. Safe And Sound
My name is Nunty Cormorant
And my finance is sound,
I lend you Englishmen hot air
- 55. Monumentum Aere, Etc.
You say that I take a good deal upon myself;
That I strut in the robes of assumption.
- 56. Ballad Of The Goodly Fere
Ha' we lost the goodliest fere o' all
For the priests and the gallows tree?
Aye lover he was of brawny men,
- 57. Phanopoeia
ROSE WHITE, YELLOW, SILVER
- 58. Prayer For His Lady—s Life
FROM PROPERTIUS, ELEGIAE, LIB. III, 26
Here let thy clemency, Persephone, hold firm,
Do thou, Pluto, bring here no greater harshness.
- 59. Medallion
Luini in porcelain!
The grand piano Utters a profane
- 60. Dum Capitolium Scandet
How many will come after me
singing as well as I sing, none better;
Telling the heart of their truth
- 61. Ancora
Good God! They say you are risquÃ©,
We who went out into the four A. M. of the world
- 62. April
Three spirits came to me
And drew me apart
To where the olive boughs
- 63. Tame Cat
It rests me to be among beautiful women
Why should one always lie about such matters?
- 64. N. Y.
My City, my beloved, my white! Ah, slender,
Listen! Listen to me, and I will breathe into thee a soul.
Delicately upon the reed, attend me!
- 65. And Thus In Nineveh
Aye! I am a poet and upon my tomb
Shall maidens scatter rose leaves
And men myrtles, ere the night
- 66. Coitus
The gilded phaloi of the crocuses
are thrusting at the spring air.
Here is there naught of dead gods
- 67. Quies
This is another of our ancient loves.
Pass and be silent, Rullus, for the day
Hath lacked a something since this lady passed;
- 68. The River Song
This boat is of shato-wood, and its gunwales are cut
Musicians with jewelled flutes and with pipes of gold
- 69. La Regina Avrillouse
Lady of rich allure,
Queen of the spring's embrace, Your arms are long like boughs of ash,
- 70. In Durance
1 am homesick after mine own kind,
Oh I know that there are folk about me, friendly faces,
- 71. Canto I
And then went down to the ship,
Set keel to breakers, forth on the godly sea, and
We set up mast and sail on that swart ship,
- 72. Ballatetta
The light became her grace and dwelt among
Blind eyes and shadows that are formed as men;
Lo, how the light doth melt us into song:
- 73. Au Jardin
O you away high there,
you that lean
From amber lattices upon the cobalt night,
- 74. Homage To Sextus Propertius - Ii
I had been seen in the shade, recumbent on cushioned Helicon,
The water dripping from Bellerophon's horse,
Alba, your kings, and the realm your folk
- 75. Alf—s Third Bit
DOLE THE BELL! BELL THE DOLE!
Whom can these duds attack?
- 76. Famam Librosque Cano
Oh! The little mothers
Will sing them in the twilight,
- 77. Masks
These tales of old disguisings, are they not
Strange myths of souls that found themselves among
Unwonted folk that spake an hostile tongue,
- 78. Arides
The bashful Arides
Has married an ugly wife,
He was bored with his manner of life,
- 79. The Gypsy
That was the top of the walk, when he said:
'Have you seen any others, any of our lot,
With apes or bears?'
- 80. The Bellaires
The good Bellaires
Do not understand the conduct of this world's affairs.
In fact they understood them so badly
- 81. Exile—s Letter
To So-Kin of Rakuyo, ancient friend, Chancellor of
Now I remember that you built me a special tavern
- 82. The Coming Of War: Actaeon
An image of Lethe,
and the fields
Full of faint light
- 83. Cantico Del Sole
The thought of what America would be like
If the Classics had a wide circulation
Troubles my sleep,
- 84. Song Of The Six Hundred M.p.'s
â??We are 'ere met together
in this momentous hower,
Ter lick th' bankers' dirty boots
- 85. Salutation The Second
You were praised, my books,
because I had just come from the country;
I was twenty years behind the times
- 86. à?à¾à±à?à¡ (greek Title)
Be in me as the eternal moods
of the bleak wind, and'not
As transient things are
- 87. A Villonaud: Ballad Of The Gibbet
SCENE: 'En ce bourdel ou tenons nostre estat.'
It being remembered that there were six of us with Master Villon, when
- 88. Canto Xlix: For The Seven Lakes
For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses:
Rain; empty river; a voyage,
Fire from frozen cloud, heavy rain in the twilight
- 89. Poem
(Abbreviated from the conversation with Mr. T E H.
- 90. A Song Of The Degrees
Rest me with Chinese colours,
For I think the glass is evil.
- 91. Alf—s Second Bit
Manhood of England,
- 92. Women Before A Shop
The gew-gaws of false amber and false turquoise attract them.
'Like to like nature': these agglutinous yellows!
- 93. Post Mortem Conspectu
A brown, fat babe sitting in the lotus,
And you were glad and laughing
With a laughter not of this world.
- 94. Na Audiart
Though thou well dost wish me ill
Where thy bodice laces start
- 95. Hugh Selwyn Mauberly (part I)
"Vocat aestus in umbram"
Nemesianus Es. IV.
- 96. Taking Leave Of A Friend
Blue mountains to the north of the walls,
White river winding about them;
Here we must make separation
- 97. South-folk In Cold Country
The Dai horse neighs against the bleak wind of Etsu,
The birds of Etsu have no love for En, in the north,
Emotion is born out of habit.
- 98. Rome
O thou newcomer who seekâ??st Rome in Rome
And findâ??st in Rome no thing thou canst call Roman;
Arches worn old and palaces made common
- 99. Praise Of Ysolt
In vain have I striven,
to teach my heart to bow;
In vain have I said to him
- 100. Black Slippers: Bellotti
At the table beyond us
With her little suede slippers off,
With her white-stocking'd feet
Total 257 poems written by Ezra Pound