Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
by Ezra Pound
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley Coming of Age Quotes
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For three years, out of key with his time,
He strove to resuscitate the dead art
Of poetry (1-3)
Right off the bat, it looks like this poem is going to describe to us how its main character tried his best to make poetry relevant to the modern world. The fact that this effort only lasted for three years, though, probably suggests that it was an unsuccessful attempt.
No, hardly but, seeing he had been born
In a half savage country, out of date (5-6)
Huey didn't have the easiest path toward creating or finding beautiful art. After all, he was born in the "half savage" country of America, a country that according to Pound was filled with greedy businesspeople who wanted nothing to do with art or high culture.
Unaffected by 'the march of events,'
He passed from men's memory in l'an trentiesme
De son eage; the case presents
No adjunct to the Muses' diadem (17-20)
Huey was never one to go with the flow of history or the "march of events." He was always more of an individual who cared about stuff that was nearly older than history itself, like beauty. But unfortunately, people didn't seem to care about him after he passed age 30. Worse yet, there's nothing really all that glorious about his story, so we might all start wondering sooner or later why we're reading about him at all.