Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
March 28th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 285,546 comments.
Analysis and comments on Salutation by Ezra Pound

1 [2]

Comment 2 of 12, added on December 24th, 2010 at 11:24 PM.

O generation of the thoroughly smug
and thoroughly uncomfortable,
I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun,
And they were happier than I am;
And the fish swim in the lake
and do not even own clothing.
Paridise is not lost here yet.

Sheryl Skoglund from United States
Comment 1 of 12, added on November 16th, 2008 at 5:30 PM.

Ezra Pound addresses the old-time question of happiness in privileged and
underprivileged classes. The "generation of thoroughly smug" refers to
middle and upper classes of society who, by conventional means, are
uptight, dull, and "smug", and in Pound's definition are "thoroughly
uncomfortable", with life. Pound parallels the "thoroughly smug" with the
"fishermen". The poem is about perseverence. "Fishermen" are poor, often
uneducated, countryfolk. Pound parallels "fishermen" with struggling poets;
both sects working hard trying to survive by their individual means.

Artur Isakov from United States

This poem has been commented on more than 10 times. Click below to see the other comments.
1 [2]
Share |

Information about Salutation

Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: Salutation
Volume: Lustra
Year: 1916
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 273 times
Poem of the Day: Oct 13 2012

Add Comment

Do you have any comments, criticism, paraphrasis or analysis of this poem that you feel would assist other visitors in understanding this poem better? If they are accepted, they will be added to this page of American Poems. Together we can build a wealth of information, but it will take some discipline and determination.

Do not post questions, pleas for homework help or anything of the sort, as these types of comments will be removed. The proper place for questions is the poetry forum.

Please note that after you post a comment, it can take up to an hour before it is visible on the website! Rest assured that your comment is not lost, so don't enter your comment again.

Comment on: Salutation
By: Ezra Pound

Name: (required)
E-mail Address: (required)
Show E-mail Address:
Yes No
Poem Comments:

Poem Info

Pound Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links