The Nation: Pound's Prize

Where does art end and morality begin? Or are they inseparable? That debate has gone on, to no satisfactory conclusion, since the days of the Greek theater. Lately it has focused most prominently on America's most prominent poet-in-exile, Ezra Pound. Now 86, Pound was indisputably a profound influence on 20th century poets, among them Yeats, Eliot and Frost. Yet he was also a thoroughgoing Fascist during the '30s and early '40s, pro-German and antiSemitic, a broadcaster of propaganda for Mussolini. At the end of World War II, he was arrested by the American...

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