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Comment 27 of 147, added on September 15th, 2005 at 4:41 PM.
If you think the poem "sucks" and there's no meaning, read it again, and
read between the lines. Pound is simply telling his audience to stop and
smell the roses. That's why it's so short; it doesn't need to be any
longer. Originally the poem was 40 lines and he cut it down to two, because
those two lines were the "essence" of the poem. Then again, you could
probably pick this poem apart so much that you find about 1, 000, 000
Geoff from Canada
Comment 26 of 147, added on August 24th, 2005 at 8:18 PM.
It seems to me that no one has yet tumbled to the true meaning of this
poem. Pound specifically says the "apparition" of faces....in short, the
faces in total combine to make an apparition. This apparition is, of
course, the future spector of Death....i.e., the "petals" on the "black
bough," with the black bough being Death itself. Way to go, Pound!
from United States
Comment 25 of 147, added on August 18th, 2005 at 4:41 PM.
Pound cleverly states where the poem is taking place. The meaning I take
from the poem is a deep one. “The apparition of these faces in the crowd;”
perhaps he is simply stating as we walk the earth or in this case a bus
station we don’t pay attention. Most people keep to themselves in a bus
station not wanting to call attention or looking into anyone’s eyes. So
people become ghost, an apparition because we are seeing faces, but not
really acknowledging anyone. Perhaps, “petals on a wet, black bough,” are
the feet of people walking, on the dark pavement and the wetness is from
the steam of the train.
To me the entirety of the poem means we don’t pay attention to “strangers”
instead of giving a courteous nod or wave, we look without seeing and we
all become apparitions in a crowd.
Jennifer from United States
Comment 24 of 147, added on July 28th, 2005 at 11:17 AM.
I am on the same ground with Danzig (comment #16), with one difference. The
"wet, black bough" may be the impression of a rain-drenched crowd instead
of the dark subway station. The connection from people's faces to petals is
masterful in that it calls up a storm of feelings and senses.
Lang Le from United States
Comment 23 of 147, added on July 5th, 2005 at 6:21 AM.
this poem was inspired by traditional japanese haikus but it is adapted to
express the alienation of modern society...I hope it will bring me luck at
my exam next saturday!!
sara from Italy
Comment 22 of 147, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 9:36 AM.
My first opinon (sp?)on the poem was. Wow it is way to short, how can you
get a poem out of this. But reading more deeper i seen that he had more
meaning and had a great way of words. The symbolisim and everything was
wonderful. I see why my english teacher recomended his poem to me
Instien from United States
Comment 21 of 147, added on April 25th, 2005 at 1:00 PM.
The poem was bad there was no meaning and was way to short
from United States
Comment 20 of 147, added on April 20th, 2005 at 7:07 AM.
I am doing an english report on Pound and i do not take any thing from this
poem, he needed to think a little more it is not powerful at all! Some of
the comments I think are horrible- but pound is an ok poet
Kyle from Australia
Comment 19 of 147, added on April 14th, 2005 at 3:34 PM.
This poem is very powerful and moving, despite its short length. It proves
that poems are not about how much you can write, but how well you can right
with fewer words that mean more.
Thomas from United States
Comment 18 of 147, added on April 8th, 2005 at 6:27 AM.
'In A Station Of The Metro' is a masterpiece of imagism.
One important thing that no critic should forget is that works of this kind
are highly subjective. But Pound by the title of the poem teases us into
the situation. I immediately find myself by the roadside after school,
waiting to board a bus home. The crowd is thick; there is no order;the
last to arrive want to be first to get on board; no one seems to be
pathetic or to respect natural justice. Taking the first line of the poem,
the keywords "apparition" "faces" and "crowd" will be meaningful when
considered at a literary level. "Apparition" suggests that every event of
the scene is phantasmagoria. "Faces" is a strong symbolic tool. The face
is a mirror of the innerman. It reflects our emotions. A smiling face
signifies a happy soul; a sad soul will imprint melancholy in the face; a
scowl signals anger. "Faces" therefore suggest the variety of persons and
their feelings. "Crowd" suggests a population of these people and faces.
It also suggests a link between a face and another. Implicit in this is
that the transient and illusive expressions you see on each face is
influenced by the environment.
The next line concludes it all. "Petals" are conspicuous and standout in
any collection of colours. It seems to contradict the writers us of
"apparition" and "crowd", as it suggests that individuals could be
recognised. But no! It's perfect. All the horror - "black" and stillness,
lifelessness, hopelessness, weary, misery and pessimism expressed on the
faces - "wet" are deceptive of their true identity. Behind these "ills"
hides a beauty that conquers all and makes lives thrive.
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