Sunday, March 16, 2014

Ezra Pound: poet + fashionisto

Again, we bring to you for inspiration a terribly fashionable literatus (for comparison, see: William Faulkner, Joan Didion, and Bob Dylan). Ezra Pound is certainly best known for his poetry (and rightly so), most famously for "In a Station of the Metro"--

The apparition of these faces in the crowd
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Though Pound favored simplicity in his verse, this doesn't seem to apply to his fashion.

For instance, he sports this delightful fur-collared wool overcoat. The softness of the fur complements the coarse texture of the wool. This should make a comeback.

As should his smolder. One can just imagine it piercing one through the squalor and noise of the Paris metro (the inspiration for Pound's above-quoted poem).

Having already featured Dylan on this blog, I can't help but wonder if perhaps Pound's hair was an inspiration for Dylan (who picked his stage name after Dylan Thomas).