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

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Comment 28 of 178, added on September 28th, 2005 at 12:53 PM.

After reading all the comments that ppl left for this poem i still dont
even get it. How the hell can u get so much from 2 little lines??? In a
couple minutes me and my partner Andrew have to explain this crappy poem to
the class and we dont have a clue as what to say!!!

Karen from United States
Comment 27 of 178, 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
different meanings.

Geoff from Canada
Comment 26 of 178, 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!

Brother Geo from United States
Comment 25 of 178, 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 178, 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 178, 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 178, 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 178, added on April 25th, 2005 at 1:00 PM.

The poem was bad there was no meaning and was way to short

Clarence from United States
Comment 20 of 178, 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 178, 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

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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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