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Analysis and comments on Alba by Ezra Pound

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Comment 8 of 10, added on December 21st, 2010 at 11:11 PM.
Alba

As cool as the pale wet leaves
of lily-of-the-valley
She lay beside me in the dawn.
The poem is a male suppressing a women "pale leaves" and conquerer.
Alba is the Duke of, title of Fernando Alvarez de Toledo. 1508--82,
Spanish general and statesman who suppressed the Protestant revolt in the
Netherlands (1567--72) and conquered Portugal (1580)


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Comment 7 of 10, added on March 30th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 6 of 10, added on May 22nd, 2009 at 11:18 AM.

Ronaldo, you got it right. ALBA, ALVA or MADRUGADA is a specific type of
CANTIGAS, from the medieval period of portuguese poetry, but can also be
found in other literatures. Donne has written "The Sunne Rising" and even
Shakespeare introduced an ALBA in "Romeo and Juliet" (Act III, V). The
theme is, in fact, the cursing of the coming of the dawn after a night of
love. The parallel must be drawn there. BOA, Ronaldo!

marta from Portugal
Comment 5 of 10, added on March 12th, 2009 at 3:04 PM.

This poem seems concerning a kind of medieval theme that we can found in
the medieval portuguese poetry, called "cantigas". There is a kind of
"cantiga" called "ALBA", in these, the lover sings the day after a night of
love (a night when he meets after your journey her damsel). Itīs not a
coincidence the title of the pound's poem to be "Alba" too. It seems a
reference to the theme of these medieval portuguese tradition. Pound was a
great studious im all kind of poetic traditions.

Ronaldo from Brazil
Comment 4 of 10, added on January 12th, 2006 at 7:20 PM.

Alba is a true representation of imagism .
it deals with objects as imagism is the poetry of objects .It also reflects
Pound's influence by the images of nature , namely the Japanese hyko .by
the lily , cool , Pound means that nature becomes cool in emotions as the
life in the metropolis .

NOHA HASANMOSTAFA from Egypt
Comment 3 of 10, added on August 10th, 2005 at 7:19 PM.

Compare with "The Garret." I bet he wrote this one later. Both great poems,
similar idea; this one pared down even further.

Tom Rea from United States
Comment 2 of 10, added on May 19th, 2005 at 5:14 AM.

This poem is very beautiful and represents a persons happiness to see their
love beside them in the morning...

Wranez from United Kingdom
Comment 1 of 10, added on March 23rd, 2005 at 9:17 PM.

this is a poem that can tell so body how the emotion felt


cowboy from United States

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: Alba
Added: Feb 4 2004
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Poem of the Day: Feb 3 2001


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