Ezra Pound was well-known as one of the most controversial poets of his time. He, along with Wyndham Lewis, was a leader of the vorticist movement, a mode of artistic expression that has its roots in imagism. As implied by its name, the aim of imagism is to convey clear images without requiring embellishment. This work in particular provides interesting parallels with Pound’s writing style; it is a simple sketch, with no color or elaborate designs to distract from the form. The forceful, striking lines in Portrait of Ezra Pound mirror the short, impactful, and oftentimes harsh phrases that can be found in Pound’s literary works — and also work to emphasize the influence of futurism on Lewis’s work, despite Lewis’s detestation of being associated with futurist ideology.