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Analysis and comments on Dance Figure by Ezra Pound

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Comment 6 of 48, added on February 12th, 2012 at 6:44 AM.
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Comment 5 of 48, added on December 21st, 2010 at 10:20 PM.
Dance Figure

They guard thee not with eunuchs;
Not with bars of copper.A brown robe, with threads of gold woven in
patterns, hast thou gathered about thee,
This poem is a contrast and comparison to the woman in the Song of
Solomon.



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Comment 4 of 48, added on December 4th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 3 of 48, added on September 10th, 2009 at 7:43 PM.

Dark-eyed,
O woman of my dreams,
Ivory sandalled,
There is none like thee among the dancers,
None with swift feet.

It is interesting that Pound starts talking about his beloved (or about the
woman he admires) by describing her eyes-"dark-eyed" This instantly makes
the woman's image mysterious, attracting the readers (at least it worked
for me this way) I got fascinated by the dancer, especially because she is,
according to the poet, UNIQUE ("There is none like thee among the dancers,
None with swift feet")

The poet also shows his admiration and respect elegantly using archaic
pronouns (thee, thy),which used to serve for intimate correspondence,
showing respect, and religious purposes (addressing Jesus or God, for
example)

An outstanding metaphor ("river with lights" for a face) is indeed a
product of a beautiful mind - just imagine a river full of sparkling
lights/starts during the night, or sun reflections during the day!!!
Playful and short-lasting, these lights shows us how amazing life is, how
joyful (and it is the dancer's face, do not forget!) CARPE DIEM!

Apparently, when this woman touches the speaker, the exitement and euphoria
she brings him, makes him feel cold, or at least pleasantly cool...

To sum up, this poem is a great poem of admiration addressed to a woman the
poet is probably observing in the very moment of writing about her...Though
composed in a tone and colour close to Renaissance love sonnets, this poem
is more intimate, more innocent, honest, and (important) not at all
artificial. Pound saved the work from being pretentious, but rather left
"the woman of my [his] dream" dance...


Granada Flores
Comment 2 of 48, added on May 8th, 2009 at 2:44 PM.

The poem Dance Figure by: Ezra Pound is a good poem! It makes me think
about love. Love is a number of emotions and experience is relating to a
strong scent of affection. In the poem, it is talking about how there it a
women that he is attracted too. She is a dancer I can tell that because he
thinks she is dancing and has swift feet. It talks a lot about dancing and
music. He loves the way she dances to the music! He is in love like he
canít stop doing stuff that would embarrass him in front of her

Courtney R from United States
Comment 1 of 48, added on June 4th, 2007 at 12:12 AM.

It's a great one.

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: Dance Figure
Added: Apr 1 2005
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