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Ezra Pound, We have the press for wafer

From E. P. Ode pour l'election de son sepulchre, from Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

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THE age demanded an image
Of its accelerated grimace,
Something for the modern stage,
Not, at any rate, an Attic grace;

Not, not certainly, the obscure reveries
Of the inward gaze;
Better mendacities
Than the classics in paraphrase!

The "age demanded" chiefly a mould in plaster,
Made with no loss of time,
A prose kinema, not, not assuredly, alabaster
Or the "sculpture" of rhyme.

 

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   Cf. Ibsen, No taste for glory,   Hugh of St. Victor, Learn gladly from everyone,
Samuel Johnson, Prepare for eternity,   Hoelderlin, The God is near, and hard to grasp,
Gregory Theologian, Education is the highest good,     Papacy

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