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

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Comment 16 of 156, added on March 10th, 2005 at 4:40 PM.

The image of the petals on the black brough appears very contrasted in my
mind (I'm thinking of a vivid pink petal on a black branch in the middle of
winter). Similarly, the faces of the people next to the backdrop of a dull,
dark subway station also appears strikingly similar

Danzig Farmington from United States
Comment 15 of 156, added on January 30th, 2005 at 10:56 AM.

I think this poem is unattached observation of the poet

Rao from United States
Comment 14 of 156, added on January 10th, 2005 at 11:45 PM.

I like it cos it's simple, and I like it cos it's in-depth. The use of
imagism enables the auther to fuse his feeling and environment together
perfectly. All in all, it's a short but nice one worth reading.

xiekan from China
Comment 13 of 156, added on January 10th, 2005 at 12:24 AM.

I would recommend reading this poem and then walking in a crowded square
with the words still fresh in your mind. I did this while in school and the
poem truly resignated with the experience. The many people passing by
instantaneously gone as soon as one has looked upon their features, their
faces as apparitions in time. A singular part of a great life tree that has
at times been of the blackest sorrow and yet with spring can come fresh
beauty and tremendous joy. Perhaps interpreting a poem such as this really
does require 'hands on' use of its words and imagery. Just an opinion of

Ty Hunkin from United States
Comment 12 of 156, added on January 7th, 2005 at 2:06 AM.

short but deep, imagery is important. it seems to be the infinity in a
minute in one's eyes.

阎漫漫 from China
Comment 11 of 156, added on January 4th, 2005 at 10:47 AM.

Of course, the scene is placed at a subway station in Paris...the "metro."
I believe he is traveling to this new town, and as he looks around he sees
all these "faces in the crowd" who are strangers that are coming into view
and being accepted (what "apparition" means"). I believe Pound is a little
frightened in the subway with all the new surroundings. Then, he notices
and accepts the beauty of these faces just like we would accept petals
blooming in the spring.

Comment 10 of 156, added on January 2nd, 2005 at 2:21 PM.

I think this poem is an ode to the randomness of life...the many people you
meet on the subway in some way contribute to you life in just the fact that
they cross your path...if you're like me you'll wonder why the weary
looking woman is really as old as she appears, or is her life hard and
taking away her youth? The petals are black, but they are still petals
nonetheless, so it is still beautiful.

Che' from United States
Comment 9 of 156, added on December 15th, 2004 at 11:55 PM.

This poem makes you think and leaves it up to you to decipher what Pound is
trying to portray.
A metro is a subway system in Europe/ France, generally.
Read the poem with the title as that is truly the first line. The subway
is crowded and the people arfe stuck, they cannot move because it is so
crowded, like petals stuck to a wet tree branch or tree stump,

Cassie from United States
Comment 8 of 156, added on December 12th, 2004 at 9:39 PM.

that is a good poem, but chinese ancient poet Ma Zhiyuan could be the
teacher of pound. If you don't believe you should go to reade the poems of
ma, such as 天尽沙.秋思

wilson from China
Comment 7 of 156, added on December 6th, 2004 at 7:03 PM.

Poem, I belive, should not be a puzzle; when you solve a puzzle, it is no
longer atractive or is a puzzle; no usefullness, trash it. Hovewer, a poem
should be read again and again; every time you read and evertime one should
enjoy reading it again; poem should not give a feeling of burden to a
reader; Writing a compasition is a high-school students puzzle, but a poem
also should not even be closer to a composition which I am afraid saome of
the poem embeded along. Since poem is a sinthesis of a subjective protest
that connects protester and protested, than, I think poem achieves its
goal, Additionaly, without harmony and ritm how could be a wrting could be
considered a poem.

salim from United States

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: In A Station Of The Metro
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 2036 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 15 2004

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