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Ezra Pound 1885 (Hailey) – 1972 (Venice)

When I carefully consider the curious habits of dogs
I am compelled to conclude
That man is the superior animal.

When I consider the curious habits of man
I confess, my friend, I am puzzled.
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Written on 1952

Modified by acronimous on December 16, 2021

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Ezra Pound

Ezra Weston Loomis Pound was an American expatriate poet and critic of the early modernist movement. more…

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Discuss the poem Meditatio with the community...

  • daddymagic
    Drivel is what that is. Sorry but there is an easier way to say humans confuse me but they're better than dogs. Why should anyone care. sorry just an opinion
    LikeReply8 days ago
  • stevekritselis_1
    You know what I am just gonna say it. I think tha
    LikeReply 129 days ago
    • stevekritselis_1
      it didn't let me finish. I think that poem is just stupid. Sorry. This guy is a great poet???
      LikeReply29 days ago
  • stevekritselis_1
    Ok I'm dumbfounded. How is that a poem? It seems that I have no idea how to make a poem
    LikeReply29 days ago
  • pkmason1954
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • gregorys.88179
    I don't if this is the same site looks different. but in 2005 I had a lot of poems written and now I seem unable to find them. Hopefully someone can help.
    LikeReply 33 months ago
  • keith_k
    To read this poem in reverse is to discover a confession from a puzzled man who considers the habiting making man the supreme animal compelling this conclusion when considering the habits of any a dog (or other animal), which suggests man always already inherently comes to inhabit this attitude. 
    LikeReply 14 months ago
  • ravi_panamanna
    Pound is generally coined as Poet, Lover, and Lunatic. However, this poem is a fine observation of man. A man displays a curious and diverse nature, often unpredictable. The human mind is like a drunken monkey which is already a lunatic, bitten by a snake and a scorpion! Just think of the state. 
    LikeReply 24 months ago
  • keith_k
    Interestingly, Pound does not "carefully" consider the habits of men, which, on the one hand is the reason he becomes puzzled, and, on the other hand, he tends to arrogantly make this consideration without any regard. 
    LikeReply4 months ago
  • konpreah
    The idea being human intelligence is no match for canine fidelity. At least, where such qualities can be observed in the animal, these should serve as a simile for what so much of humanity lacks.
    LikeReply 25 months ago
  • vandhana_k
    See the thunder light.
    LikeReply10 months ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    lol Consider All My Meditations Happily Enhanced By Such A Stellar Piece.
    LikeReply 210 months ago
  • luisestable1
    What a contract is seen in this. When I see dogs... But when I see man...
    This is a good poem of which much can be said. The language is simple but speaks much.
    LikeReply 211 months ago
  • VandhukK33
    My dear Ezar pound.
    LikeReply 112 months ago


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