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Analysis and comments on A Girl by Ezra Pound

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Comment 22 of 152, added on October 11th, 2005 at 10:12 PM.

a touching moving poem ( i also had been thinking that pound was a woman)

mohamad from Morocco
Comment 21 of 152, added on August 26th, 2005 at 10:54 AM.

it is not just 'folly' as Pound said but a mirracle of life that a child
can be like a tree that grows out of a parent body. First, it is just a sap
but soon it takes all the strentgh from it and overgrows the parential
tree... Well, sometimes the child can suck all the 'juice' out of its
parent. But here Pound seems to enjoy it.

agi from Poland
Comment 20 of 152, added on August 24th, 2005 at 7:45 PM.

It seems to me as if Mr. Pound is describing the pounding of Mr. Pounds
pud, which he so convientently terms a "tree." Ha! You wish! Pound, old
boy! More like a twig, I would imagine. To each his own, I suppose.

Brother Geo from United States
Comment 19 of 152, added on August 10th, 2005 at 5:47 PM.

Yes, right, see Paul Bard's comment #11; the girl is being pursued and
changing into a tree to elude her persuer. This poem may make the most
sense if you read the first stanza as the words of the girl as she is
changing, the second as the words of the guy who loves her but can't quite
catch up.
The fun thing about Pound is how he has so much other literature in his
mind as he writes. He's great on his own but gets even better once you
figure out what he's referring to. In "Metamorphoses," The Roman poet Ovid
told the story of Daphne, daughter of a river god. She was beautiful but
shunned all suitors. One day Apollo, the sun god, saw her when she was
hunting in the woods. He followed her but she was a fast runner, and fled.
He called and called but she wouldn't stop, and for a long time he couldn't
catch her; nymphs like Daphne knew it was too risky to have a god for a
lover. As she approached the river she felt his breath on her neck, called
out to her father for help, and immediately she began changing into a
laurel tree. Apollo watched the change with dismay and grief. Pound seems
to add a hint of self-disgust in there too: "And all this is folly to the
world." Kind of like, what a waste. But still she's beautiful, even as a
plant. And all this in ten quick lines! For more on the Daphne story, see
if your library has "Mythology," by Edith Hamilton, & check out p. 155.

Tom Rea from United States
Comment 18 of 152, added on July 22nd, 2005 at 12:52 PM.

only men with imagery think this awesome or else it could just be another
"folly to the world"

YEPWI DANIEL from Nigeria
Comment 17 of 152, added on June 13th, 2005 at 5:42 AM.

Exactly.What we really wanna write in our poems can only exist in imagnary
world n when we have finished writing a poem n come back to the real world,
it seems like whatever we have written will look foolish to the people who
will read it.But that carries a very moralic lesson.

Anne from Pakistan
Comment 16 of 152, added on May 19th, 2005 at 6:53 PM.

Ok...fist of this poet is a guy Natalie, if you would look at the huge
picture it gives you above the poems you might notice this fact. Thats all
I got.

John from Grenada
Comment 15 of 152, added on May 1st, 2005 at 2:54 PM.

I don't understand this poem. But I put it down in my notebook. It made me
write my own poem of Wonder, because it made me wonder. I love how Ezra
expressed his/her words in a different way. I'm happy I came to this
website!!!!

Natalie from United States
Comment 14 of 152, added on April 14th, 2005 at 8:35 AM.

i never read this poem, but i think itsd cool

ali from United States
Comment 13 of 152, added on April 6th, 2005 at 5:05 PM.

If we arenīt prepared we cant understand this.Ezra's poems are a mix of
perfection and sure.

Leonardo from Brazil

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: A Girl
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Oct 4 2000


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