As cool as the pale wet leaves
of lily-of-the-valley
She lay beside me in the dawn.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Ezra Pound's poem Alba


  1. Deepali C. Sawant says:

    Easy to understand and has simplisity. Awesome poem on lady by Ezra Pound. superb he is.

  2. Sheryl Skoglund says:

    As cool as the pale wet leaves
    of lily-of-the-valley
    She lay beside me in the dawn.
    The poem is a male suppressing a women “pale leaves” and conquerer.
    Alba is the Duke of, title of Fernando Alvarez de Toledo. 1508–82, Spanish general and statesman who suppressed the Protestant revolt in the Netherlands (1567–72) and conquered Portugal (1580)


    Alba is a true representation of imagism .
    it deals with objects as imagism is the poetry of objects .It also reflects Pound’s influence by the images of nature , namely the Japanese hyko .by the lily , cool , Pound means that nature becomes cool in emotions as the life in the metropolis .

  4. Tom Rea says:

    Compare with “The Garret.” I bet he wrote this one later. Both great poems, similar idea; this one pared down even further.

  5. Wranez says:

    This poem is very beautiful and represents a persons happiness to see their love beside them in the morning…

  6. cowboy says:

    this is a poem that can tell so body how the emotion felt

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