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

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Comment 11 of 161, 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 161, 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 161, 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 161, 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 161, 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
Comment 6 of 161, added on October 27th, 2004 at 8:13 PM.

who knew that three lines could be so inspirational? the level of imagism
used in Ezra's work is phenomenal... just reading over the comments that
have ben left here prove it. personally i find this type of poem to be
thought-provoking, and i think the author wrote it this way to be very
open-ended and free to interpretation

Comment 5 of 161, added on October 6th, 2004 at 11:44 PM.

well it is simple still there a special meaning.... waw!! that is so

Stephanie from Philippines
Comment 4 of 161, added on September 9th, 2004 at 7:29 PM.

when i read this i think of all the ugliness i see when i sit at a bus
stop. for example, people are cruel, ugly, selfish, inpatient, etc.
although, in reality we are as beautiful as a flowers petals. we are as
easily damaged and affected by our enviroment as a flower; thus, causing an
unreal persona of the human race. or is it an unreal persona-are we just
truly wicked and cruel?

Comment 3 of 161, added on September 6th, 2004 at 8:49 PM.

The first line, which is the title, places us in an subway. Here we use
the senses of our imagination to place us there. Is the air heavy and
damp? Is the subway dark and smell of sweat and mildew? Before we even
read the second line we have become emotionally involved witht he people in
the subway.

The second line I see individual faces with the anticipation or experience
of the day displayed upon their faces. I see the beauty of what each
individual contributes to our daily lives and how we as a society rely on
one another, even if we are just "faces in the crowd."

The third line I saw the faces of Petals of a flower bringing beauty to an
otherwise dismal, wet and dark existence. Each petal being unique in it's
own way giving meaning and purpose to what would be a dark, depressing

Robin Wright
Comment 2 of 161, added on August 27th, 2004 at 5:53 PM.

Este poema de Ezra Pound é o corolário de todas as teses sobre a
estética na poesia que Pound escreveu. É a perfeita imagem do imagismo,
é a perfeitíssima sintese da metonímia colocado em prática. Jamais na
poesia anglo-saxónica moderna houve um poeta que, com duas estrofes apenas
tenha criado tanto ( William Carlos Williams fez o mesmo mas com mais
estrofes no poema The Locust Tree.. ), e o que Pound criou foi a perfeita
exaltação da solitude dos rostos, de todos os rostos, na multidão,
metaforizando-os como um ramo húmido de flores tristes.

J.T.PARREIRA from Portugal

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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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