Hugh Selwyn Mauberley
by Ezra Pound
Hugh Selwyn Mauberley Respect and Reputation Quotes
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Mr. Verog, out of step with the decade,
Detached from his contemporaries,
Neglected by the young,
Because of his reveries (134-137)
Pound thinks it's pretty brutal that the man named Mr. Verog doesn't get any respect from the younger generation. Mr. Verog knows a ton about the history of European art, and he's even got a few pub stories to prove it. But at the end of the day, Mr. Verog is a dreamer who likes to think of big ideas like the meaning of life and beauty. And modern folks don't seem to have much time for that sort of thing.
The stiffness from spats to collar
Never relaxing into grace (140-141)
Pound can't stand people who are "stiff" in terms of their morality of public image. But what he can't stand even more is when the whole world seems to love these people for being so witty. For Pound, you can only have beauty and grace when you relax and let people see your passion. Unfortunately, the modern world seems to love people who come across as cool or indifferent all the time. After all, look at how much people love Jay-Z or Beyonce.