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Analysis and comments on Meditatio by Ezra Pound

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Comment 11 of 81, added on May 23rd, 2008 at 2:20 AM.

i really like this poem because it clearly state the fact of human being.
they are multihhuman being not like animals. generally we can act like
clever, smart human being but at the same time we can also act and live the
way other living organism does like animals.

Temaiti from Fiji
Comment 10 of 81, added on March 24th, 2008 at 7:47 PM.

This poem is saying that dogs sometimes behave strangely, and when the
behavior of dogs is compared to the behavior of humans, it is obvious that
human behavior is less strange, thus superior. But when the poet examines
some of the strange behaviors that humans are capable of, he becomes
perplex, BECAUSE, dogs have a good reason for why they behave strangely,
THEY ARE DOGS, what the hell is our excuse! Ta da! Thank you very much.

Paul Camacho from United States
Comment 9 of 81, added on June 15th, 2007 at 12:16 PM.

The dog is not the superior animal. Niether are humans the same as
animals. Dogs can be loving, witty, violent and exhibit any number of
other complex behaviours that they may share with humans. Humans, however,
have creative capabilities of art, and of science. Dogs can use their
reasoning skills to catch a ball or a frisbee, but they will never, as
Newton did, attempt to use that principle to explain the motion of the
stars and planets.

The key to the second part of the poem is that humans can choose to act
constructively, through science, art, literature, archecture...any number
of disciplines OR to just be lazy. A lazy human is not superior to a dog.

Comment 8 of 81, added on March 12th, 2007 at 4:28 PM.

was ezra christian?

Nikki from United States
Comment 7 of 81, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 4:11 PM.

This poem suggests that human behaviour is comparable to that of animals.
The human kind is so busy proving it's superiority over all living beings
but in the due course, forgets their own behaviour needs reviewing. Despite
so much of violence and crime, the human beings consider themselves as most
sophisticated, intelligent and rational race living. Concepts such as
compassion have no more meaning to humans. All that matters to them is
competition and all they care about is themselves. At least dogs "don't
bite the hands that feed them" unlike humans.

Rajni from New Zealand
Comment 6 of 81, added on November 9th, 2005 at 9:33 PM.

Perhaps we can look farther than what this poem is saying and realize we
are not more than a beast or less than a beast, but we I ARE a beast. Since
when are humans all the sudden not animals? We're just evolved chimpanzees
driving around and ordering McDonald's. It's really spoken and written
language that discerns humans from animals.But this is not a strong enough
foundation to say that humans are not animals. We're just highly
intelligent animals, which in turn blinds us from the fact that we are one
evolutionary step from climbing in trees and not wearing clothes.

Lyla from United States
Comment 5 of 81, added on July 28th, 2005 at 1:32 PM.

This is a case of stopping before the poem ends. It leaves the readers free
to fill in their own conclusion. I cannot erase from my mind this ending: I
am compelled to conclude / That, in second thought, dog may be the superior

Lang Le
Comment 4 of 81, added on May 24th, 2005 at 12:19 PM.

"That man is the superior animal." We are the superior animal? In what
sense? This could be interpreted into that we are superior intellectually
or we are more of a beast...

Lulu from United States
Comment 3 of 81, added on April 3rd, 2005 at 9:41 PM.

I believe what the poem might be suggesting is the human assumption that
we're superior to everyone. Every human race believes there superior to the
others humans believe they're superior to the animals. But in almost all
cases we fall back on primitive insticts, fight or flight. Maybe we're just
fooling ourselves by thinking we're superior, we supposedly have the
ability to reason above that of animals but we so often fall back on
primitive behavior.

Slidth from United States
Comment 2 of 81, added on February 22nd, 2005 at 7:59 PM.

Are these not just the musings of an old mind bemoaning mankind and
implying his own detachment from such criticism?

a2b from United Kingdom

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: Meditatio
Added: Feb 20 2003
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