Comment 3 of 44, added on September 10th, 2009 at 7:43 PM.
O woman of my dreams,
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
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...