Posted by: Rajesh Shukla | August 9, 2010

Ezra Pound : Pull Down Thy Vanity

What thou lov’st well remains,

the rest is dross

What thou lov’st well shall not be reft from thee

What thou lov’st well is thy true heritage…

The ant’s a centaur in his dragon world.

Pull down thy vanity, it is not man

Made courage, or made order, or made grace,

Pull down thy vanity, I say pull down.

Learn of the green world what can be thy place

In scaled invention or true artistry.

Pull down thy vanity,

Paquin pull down!

The green casque has outdone your elegance.

“Master thyself, then others shall thee beare”

Pull down thy vanity

Thou art a beaten dog beneath the hail,

A swollen magpie in a fitful sun,

Half black half white

Nor knowst’ou wing from tail

Pull down thy vanity

How mean thy hates

Fostered in falsity,

Pull down thy vanity,

Rathe to destroy, niggard in charity,

Pull down thy vanity,

I say pull down.

But to have done instead of not doing

this is not vanity

To have, with decency, knocked

That a Blunt should open

To have gathered from the air a live tradition

or from a fine old eye the unconquered flame

This is not vanity.

Here error is all in the not done,

all in the diffidence that faltered.

—-From Canto LXXXI

[ Read How Ezra is arousing American people in the poem and writes “Paquin pull down!” ….( Paquin was a french Designer from Milan.) Ever Indian  poets wrote such poems countering western cultural trends to  arouse people.!!!]



  1. सर, कविता में यह बहुत सुन्दर बात आई है -“Master thyself, then others shall thee beare”

  2. Thanks for this poem sir. It arouses something in me. They were the architects of the true American spirit. In our country all are thieves.

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