Young Ezra Pound, Shithouse rat mascot
psycho-genius poet Ezra Pound (1885-1972), in 1913 at the age of 28. During that year, Pound resided with fellow legendary modern poet W. B. Yeats at Stone Cottage in Sussex, England, where the two delved into the occult. During the next year, he married English artist Dorothy Shakespear and met T. S. Eliot. He sent Eliot's seminal work, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," to the journal Poetry, where it was subsequently published in 1915. During that year, Pound also began his Cantos, a major endeavor in his long, illustrious career.
Here is a snippet from Pound's Canto LXXXI, which BG loved to recite while drunk:
What thou lovest well remains,
the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage
Whose world, or mine or theirs
or is it of none?
First came the seen, then thus the palpable
Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell,
What thou lovest well is thy true heritage.
For more on Ezra Pound's wild and crazy life, see my previous post: Ezra Pound, Psychotic Genius Poster Boy. For a bitchin' W. B. Yeats poem, see The Second Coming.