Analysis of These Fought in Any Case

Ezra Pound 1885 (Hailey) – 1972 (Venice)



These fought in any case,
and some believing
pro domo, in any case .....

Died some, pro patria,
walked eye-deep in hell
believing in old men's lies, then unbelieving
came home, home to a lie,
home to many deceits,
home to old lies and new infamy;
usury age-old and age-thick
and liars in public places.

Daring as never before, wastage as never before.
Young blood and high blood,
fair cheeks, and fine bodies;

fortitude as never before

frankness as never before,
disillusions as never told in the old days,
hysterias, trench confessions,
laughter out of dead bellies.


Scheme ABA CXBXXXXX CXD C CXXD
Poetic Form
Metre 110101 01010 110101 1111 11101 01001111010 111101 111001 111101100 10011011 01001010 1011001111001 11011 110110 1011001 1011001 111010011 11010 1011110
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 557
Words 98
Sentences 5
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 3, 8, 3, 1, 4
Lines Amount 19
Letters per line (avg) 23
Words per line (avg) 5
Letters per stanza (avg) 88
Words per stanza (avg) 19
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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 11, 2023

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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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