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Wednesday, October 30, 2002

From MPR's Writer's Almanac

It's the birthday of poet Ezra Pound, born in Hailey, Idaho (1885). He grew up in Philadelphia and began attending the University of Pennsylvania at the age of fifteen. He was such a prodigy, he spoke nine languages at the time. This is where he met William Carlos Williams. He then launched into his great lifetime work, The Cantos, the 800-page epic. He was a friend of T.S. Eliot and helped to edit The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and The Waste Land. He was a friend of Yeats and he was the one who discovered Joyce before anybody else knew about him. He said, "Nothing written for pay is worth printing," and "We should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand."

The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. Oh my.

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