Bachelor of Arts
Poetry, Ezra Pound
It is the purpose of this paper to find out what that conception was: to extract from Pound's critical writings the fundamental beliefs about the nature and function of art which governed his activities. During the most active part of his life, one thus discovers, Pound was governed by a mimetic theory of art: a work of art, he thought, is an accurate representation of an artist's impression of reality. Poe can-thus provide reliable information about the way people respond to reality, about the way they behave--data which, Pound believed, can and indeed must be used in formulating; ethical codes. It then is of the utmost importance to him, first, that good poetry-- accurate poetry-- be written; and second, that humanity by persuaded to use it. towards the attainment of these ends, Pound directed all his activities. His own poetry, therefore, is both a means to an end and an end in itself. It is one among many means of furthering the cause of poetry; yet it is also the goal of this activity, a self-contained and accurate record of the poet's concerns.
Haase, Camilla Bunker, "To Maintain the Sublime: Art, Reality, and Society in the Work of Ezra Pound" (1970). Honors Papers. 759.