National Affairs: Poetic Justice

For this agility chance found

Him of all men, unfit

As the red-beaked steeds of

The Cytheraen for a chain and bit.

—Ezra Pound, The Age Demanded

Accompanying a motion to dismiss treason charges against Ezra Pound had come an impassioned plea from a fellow poet. Wrote Robert Frost: "I feel authorized to speak very specially for my friends, Archibald MacLeish, Ernest Hemingway and T. S. Eliot. None of us can bear the disgrace of letting Ezra Pound come to an end where he is."

Last week, his flaming red beard turned white after twelve years' confinement in a District of Columbia mental...

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