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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...

  • jeanmardn
    Well done. Human beings do not deserve dogs. This poem says it all. A dog will love you every day and continue loving you unconditionally. A human will love you until they have gotten what they want from you. 
    LikeReply2 hours ago
  • devparth9784
    LikeReply6 hours ago
  • Dianejean57
    LikeReply13 days ago
  • MaliMis1986
    All I can say is you have incredible writing skills... Keep up the amazing work!
    LikeReply21 days ago
  • LatinX
    Great poem!
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • stephenson_p
    I totally resonate with your feelings. I must admit that man indeed is a very complex being. Sometimes I wonder how we manage to keep it all together even while spinning in a million rings of complexity. But then, this is the life we were given. None of us choose it so yes! Like you, I am puzzled as well. 
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • vandhana_k
    Good feel.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • Davismatt926
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • 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
    LikeReply 23 months ago
  • alanswansea18
    I love it good job.
    LikeReply3 months ago
  • stevekritselis_1
    You know what I am just gonna say it. I think tha
    LikeReply 13 months ago
    • stevekritselis_1
      it didn't let me finish. I think that poem is just stupid. Sorry. This guy is a great poet???
      LikeReply 13 months ago
  • stevekritselis_1
    Ok I'm dumbfounded. How is that a poem? It seems that I have no idea how to make a poem
    LikeReply3 months ago
  • pkmason1954
    LikeReply3 months ago
  • Dianejean57
    You got that right.
    LikeReply5 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 16 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 27 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. 
    LikeReply7 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 28 months ago
  • vandhana_k
    See the thunder light.
    LikeReply1 year ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    lol Consider All My Meditations Happily Enhanced By Such A Stellar Piece.
    LikeReply 21 year 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 21 year ago
  • VandhukK33
    My dear Ezar pound.
    LikeReply 11 year ago


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