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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 11, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABA CXBXXXXX CXD C CXXD
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 557
Words 98
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 3, 8, 3, 1, 4

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