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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

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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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9 Comments
  • 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 22 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. 
    LikeReply2 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 12 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. 
    LikeReply2 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 24 months ago
  • vandhana_k
    See the thunder light.
    LikeReply8 months ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    lol Consider All My Meditations Happily Enhanced By Such A Stellar Piece.
    LikeReply 28 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 110 months ago
  • VandhukK33
    My dear Ezar pound.
    LikeReply 110 months ago

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