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

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Comment 46 of 176, added on February 5th, 2007 at 10:18 AM.

this poem is okayy i have read better tho.

N_I_K_K_I from United States
Comment 45 of 176, added on March 8th, 2006 at 9:57 PM.

I think this is a great nice and short poem. Btw for those who cant
understand it, cmon what u talking about? "Apparition of these faces in the
crowd"=the contrast of the faces in the crowd, must be talking about color.
What sort of contrast? Now think about "petals, on a wet black bough" and
it's easy to imagine what kind of faces on what kind of background. Not
only the color, I bet the faces 've gotta be beautiful too (adding its
contrast to the bg) it will look even prettier. Like petals on wet black
bough indeed.

so much for just two lines.

Zen from Australia
Comment 44 of 176, added on March 7th, 2006 at 12:48 PM.

How would you all inturpret the poem if Pound was actually on the train if
it had been entering the station?

Dustin from United States
Comment 43 of 176, added on February 27th, 2006 at 12:18 PM.

I think this was a pretty good poem, though short. It provides us with good

Sharon from United States
Comment 42 of 176, added on February 26th, 2006 at 10:45 AM.

This poem is like looking at a slide in a laboratory with the naked eye and
then putting it under a microscope. To those who can't see anything in this
poem, keep on looking, you will. Or try going on the
metro/tube-train/underground-railway and just stand there and watch.
Memorize the three lines, say them to yourself as you observe the faces you
may never see again. Think of Spring, all the millions of petals of blossom
actually on the boughs. Think of people's lives, transient and fragile as
petals. Birth, blooming, dying, getting on and off at different stations in
their lives, in your life, ghosts, memories, all aboard the train of life,
all clinging precariously for a brief moment on the tree of life. Are you
getting there? Buy the ticket, take a ride, you've nothing to lose but your

F. Philip Holland from United Kingdom
Comment 41 of 176, added on February 24th, 2006 at 11:24 PM.

Poems don't matter on quantity but on quality.
Ezra Pound wrote a poem comparing two different, concrete things. This poem
can have a million different
interpretations but this is what I believe is the literal level.
First, I read the Title, In A Station of the Metro; how to describe the
Metro? Dark, dingy, isolated, underground.
Then something comes by..a dark, speeding, dingy train and he sees
something not so dark, crowds of peoples faces, bursts of color everywhere.

This reminds him of bright petals on ebony limbs, and he emphasizes the
darkness by saying the bough was wet.
So Ezra is comparing two things but the fun part is when you try to think
of what his "hidden" meanings are.

Katie from United States
Comment 40 of 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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 176, 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

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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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