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

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Comment 20 of 170, 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 170, 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
Comment 18 of 170, added on April 8th, 2005 at 6:27 AM.

'In A Station Of The Metro' is a masterpiece of imagism.
One important thing that no critic should forget is that works of this kind
are highly subjective. But Pound by the title of the poem teases us into
the situation. I immediately find myself by the roadside after school,
waiting to board a bus home. The crowd is thick; there is no order;the
last to arrive want to be first to get on board; no one seems to be
pathetic or to respect natural justice. Taking the first line of the poem,
the keywords "apparition" "faces" and "crowd" will be meaningful when
considered at a literary level. "Apparition" suggests that every event of
the scene is phantasmagoria. "Faces" is a strong symbolic tool. The face
is a mirror of the innerman. It reflects our emotions. A smiling face
signifies a happy soul; a sad soul will imprint melancholy in the face; a
scowl signals anger. "Faces" therefore suggest the variety of persons and
their feelings. "Crowd" suggests a population of these people and faces.
It also suggests a link between a face and another. Implicit in this is
that the transient and illusive expressions you see on each face is
influenced by the environment.

The next line concludes it all. "Petals" are conspicuous and standout in
any collection of colours. It seems to contradict the writers us of
"apparition" and "crowd", as it suggests that individuals could be
recognised. But no! It's perfect. All the horror - "black" and stillness,
lifelessness, hopelessness, weary, misery and pessimism expressed on the
faces - "wet" are deceptive of their true identity. Behind these "ills"
hides a beauty that conquers all and makes lives thrive.

Fred Hayibor from Ghana
Comment 17 of 170, added on April 4th, 2005 at 9:33 PM.

im trying to midel pounds poem by writing one of similar likeliness( the 2
line dealio)
children giggleing in a park,
a single snow flake set on fire

or 2.
children giggling under a star filled sky,
the ice cold snow turns into a blazing fire

please comment if i posted this twice im sorry i couldnt get my computer to

kk from United States
Comment 16 of 170, 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 170, 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 170, 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 170, 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 170, 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 170, 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.


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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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