Ripostes of Ezra Pound
Author Ezra Pound
Illustrator Dorothy Shakespear
Country London, England
Publisher Swift & Co.
Publication date October 1912

Ripostes of Ezra Pound is a collection of 25 poems by the American poet Ezra Pound, submitted to Swift & Co. in London in February 1912, and published by them in October that year.[1] It was published in the United States in July 1913 by Small, Maynard and Co of Boston.[2]

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Ripostes is the first collection in which Pound moves toward the economy of language and clarity of imagery of the Imagist movement, and was the first time he used the word "Imagiste." Of its 25 poems, "Salve Pontifex" had appeared in A Lume Spento, and eight others had appeared in magazines.[2] The book includes Pound's interpretation of the Old English poem, "The Seafarer".[3]

Five poems by T.E. Hulme -- ”Autumn”, “Mana Aboda”, “Conversion”, “Above the Dock” and “The Embankment” -- previouly published by Pound as the "Complete Poetical Works" in The New Age magazine in January, 1912[4] -- were included in Ripostes as an appendix, and event "frequently referred to as the formal initiation of the imagist movement into modern poetry."[5]


  • For the original text of The Seafarer, see "The Seafarer",, accessed 19 October 2010.
  • For Pound's interpretation, see Pound, Ezra. "The Seafarer", Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto, accessed 19 October 2010.


  1. Wilson, Peter. "Ripostes of Ezra Pound". The Literary Encyclopedia, September 7, 2004, accessed October 19, 2010.
    • For submission and publication months, see Pound, Ezra. Poems and translations, Library of America, 2003, p. 1239.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Poems and Translations", The Library of America, accessed October 21, 2010.
  3. Alexander, Michael. The Poetic Achievement of Ezra Pound. University of California Press, 1979, p. 61ff.
  4. Michael Whitworth, "T. E. Hulme: The Complete Poetical Works of T. E. Hulme," The Literary Encyclopedia, Web, Aug. 20, 2011.
  5. "T. E. Hulme," The Poetry Foundation, Web, Aug. 20, 2011.

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