Comment 1 of 11, 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.
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