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Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

Hugh Selwyn Mauberley

by Ezra Pound

Dissatisfaction Quotes

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Quote #1

I await the Lady Valentine's commands,
Knowing my coat has never been
Of precisely the fashion
To stimulate, in her,
A durable passion (193-197)

Mauberley is just as likely as any other dude to find a woman attractive. The sad part is that he doesn't wear the right kind of clothes to make women find him attractive. This passage is mostly there to symbolize how passion in the modern world is all about style over substance, and Pound thinks that's a shame.

Quote #2

Beneath the sagging roof
The stylist has taken shelter,
Unpaid, uncelebrated,
At last from the world's welter. (170-173)

In modern times, it seems like there's just no place for someone with true, natural style. These poor people have to take shelter from the superficial, money-hungry modern world. For Pound, it's definitely a shame that true artists aren't appreciated, and that they have to live in poverty and sleep under a "sagging roof."

Quote #3

Mr. Verog, out of step with the decade,
Detached from his contemporaries,
Neglected by the young,
Because of these reveries. (134-137)

Pound seems to really admire this old man named Mr. Verog, who comes from an old, proud family. Mr. Verog has lots of interesting stories to tell about artists who searched for some sort of higher principle in their art. But unfortunately, the modern world treats Mr. Verog as a dreamer and doesn't respect him. Pound can definitely relate.

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