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Ezra Pound - The Garret

Come, let us pity those who are better off than we are.
Come, my friend, and remember
        that the rich have butlers and no friends,
And we have friends and no butlers.
Come, let us pity the married and the unmarried.

Dawn enters with little feet
        like a gilded Pavlova
And I am near my desire.
Nor has life in it aught better
Than this hour of clear coolness
        the hour of waking together.

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Poet: Ezra Pound
Poem: The Garret

Comment 3 of 3, added on July 18th, 2014 at 5:09 PM.

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Comment 2 of 3, added on April 5th, 2006 at 9:01 PM.

This is my favorite poem. It has only 2 stanzas, but it says so much and the image of the morning in the garret stays with the reader. Whenever I am stuck in traffic or stressed out at work, I go to this poem as a "happy place". The moment Pound describes is so real, and so fulfilling, and so utterly without specifics. I first read this poem in high school, and I knew that I would always love it, because the image is as attainable as it is attractive. That bed is not out of reach for us. The poem doesn't stipulate that it has to be a big fancy bed, or a large room, and the sun can come in your window whether or not you have expensive drapes. Your "desire" can be your husband, boyfriend, wife, girlfriend, anyone. It does not say the gender or any comments on what the person looks like, only that you desire that person. In order to have this perfect moment, all you need is a bed, a partner, and a window. This perfect moment can come to you whether you have butlers, friends, whether you are rich,poor, married or unmarried. In this poem, Pound tells us that the titles and circumstances that we think are important (in the first stanza) have actually no bearing on whether or not we can be happy (the scene described in the second stanza). It is a profound and welcome statement.

Comment 1 of 3, added on May 5th, 2005 at 10:51 PM.

Ezra Pound was a master of metonymy which is almost liek symbolism. in the garret he mentions "unmarried and married" which encompasses the world's population, minus pound and his lover or "friend" and "desire". Although everyday many take a simple activity such as waking up next to their lover for granted, Pound, in those final three lines, gives that moment more value than anything else life has to offer. i think its a beautiful poem

Sarah from United States

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