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Analysis and comments on In A Station Of The Metro by Ezra Pound

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Comment 40 of 170, added on February 12th, 2006 at 6:42 AM.

The author of "In a station of the Metro" is not Langston Hughes, as I
said. It was Ezra Pound of course

Misael from United States
Comment 39 of 170, added on February 12th, 2006 at 6:31 AM.

When I 1st read this poem I didn't liked it at all because it seemed too
confusig and short of a good ending. In fact, it doesn't even has a good
start. But then again, when I read it like 4 times more, I realized the
power this poem has. It can send you to see what the author was thinking,
imagine a full scene of what's happening. Later I ended liking the way
Hughes wrote his poems. You just have to read it more than once to get that

Misael from United States
Comment 38 of 170, added on January 23rd, 2006 at 5:44 PM.

This poem may be short, but it really only needs two lines because it's
deep. For the readers who claim it's to short and confusing... your
ingnorant and need to take the time to read into it instead of just
whinning and complaining because your to lazy to try and figure it out.

kasp from Canada
Comment 37 of 170, added on January 19th, 2006 at 4:31 PM.

This poem like many of Pounds work is interesting. He was the father of
imagism and the poem speaks directly toward that. The original poem was
much longer but he couldn't quite come up with the words he wanted to use
so its not like he came up with this instaneously. If it requires thought
to write then it requires thought to read. He wants us to read exactly
between the lines.

Maureen from United States
Comment 36 of 170, added on January 5th, 2006 at 12:38 PM.

I have to do a project on this!!!!

lauren from Canada
Comment 35 of 170, added on December 12th, 2005 at 1:02 PM.

i did not really like his poetry.....

Jessica from United States
Comment 34 of 170, added on December 12th, 2005 at 8:11 AM.

I am not going to launch into an analysis of the poem, or why and how I
like it. I just think it's a little sad that some people feel like saying
things like "two weak ass lines can't really be a good poem", then have the
arrogance to accuse likers of the poem of being 'losers'. I thought the
idea of this exchange of comments was to agree and disagree -yes, give
different opinions, perspectives and ideas, but not actually insult people
who have different opinions. To insult people who do not have the same
opinion of a poem as you do is to have a fairly immature idea of poetry.

oliver from China
Comment 33 of 170, added on November 8th, 2005 at 7:33 PM.

This kind of poem may well be based on haiku, but readers need to know that
there is a valuable form called a "matchbox poem" or "Ezra" (yes,
specifically named for what Ezra Pound developed and most often quoted as
this example). The key to the form is two lines; the first is from
experience of the world, the second is a reaction from the imagination.
Realistically, the interpretation is that Pound has walked down into the
station of the subway (called the Metro in Paris) and been struck by the
contrast of the pink faces against the backdrop of the dominantly dark
plain clothes that the commuters would have been wearing (I am not certain,
but I think that it dates to 1926.Although there are many African-French
people there now, there would then have been few non-white faces around
then.) The word "apparition" is perfect, conveying the sense of a sudden,
almost ghostly appearance. The second line is how poets "work". To be a
poet means to see the same things as others do, but see them differently,
or to have a desire to capture the difference in words. Perhaps it was
Spring. It doesn't matter, but what Pound sees is an image that reminds him
of petals against - well, he even thinks of the boughs being wet because
that will make them look darker. It is quite easy to get even young
children to write similar styles of poem. Just focus in one line on
observing with one particular sense, and then respond in a second line to
how it might be interpreted in the imagination. Of course, the whole thing
can be scaled up into larger pieces, but they might not fit in a matchbox.

Geoff from Australia
Comment 32 of 170, added on October 31st, 2005 at 7:20 AM.

As far as I know, this poem is the reduction of a very much longer one;
that's perhaps the reason why it is that short and why the term haiku
doesn't seem to fit really...Pound seemed to have put a rather "complex"
feeling or impression into the shortness of its moment-length.

judith from Germany
Comment 31 of 170, added on October 11th, 2005 at 7:07 PM.

The poem is in fact three lines long in this context. The title is the
first line--at least that's what I've been told since haiku do not have
individual titles. This is not a traditional haiku either since it does
not fit into the 5-7-5 syllable scheme. I think it gives this haiku much
more freedom. This seems to me to be very characteristic of Pound. As for
the meaning, I wouldn't suggest trying too hard to interperet it. The
meaning has great depth, but is not meant to be too elusive to the reader.
I feel that the "petals" refer to the shortness of life which can be
connected to "apparition"--an illusion, or vision that can be fleeting--and
to the length of the poem. "Petals" is plural, which shows that there is
no particular individual being described in this poem. "Apparition" is
singular, which unites the "faces" into one single body. It gives the
feeling of conformity to these faces. In a way, the figures described at
the Metro are conformed and lack individuality--walking ghosts. The petals
described in the last line are revealed to be individualists. It is
interesting. There seems to be restriction in urban society and freedom in
nature. The haiku is not a joining of two similar subjects, but it is a
comparison of two unlike subjects in this case. At least, this is what I
can gather from the haiku.

TjB from United States

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: In A Station Of The Metro
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jun 15 2004

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