of mental instability, he spent many years in St. Elizabeth's mental hospital in Washington, D.C., where he received visits from young poets, such as Allen ginsberg and Paul blackburn. Pound's Bollingen Prize for the Pisan Cantos in 1949 finally afforded his friends the opportunity to persuade authorities to release him. They succeeded; Pound was finally freed in 1957 and returned to Italy the following year. Ezra Pound was both admired and despised, idolized and vilified, as the dominant figure of modernism.
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