In a Station of the Metro Analytical Essay by Peerless

In a Station of the Metro
A discussion of this two line poem by Ezra Pound.
# 7211 | 1,810 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines this short poem for its imagery and directness. Each word of the poem is analyzed for its meaning and why it was specifically chosen. A brief background of the poet is also provided.

From the Paper:

"Mike Meyer says that "images give us the physical world to experience in our imaginations. Some just that; they make no comment about what they describe." This definition of images fits perfectly the images found in Ezra Pound's poem "IN A STATION OF THE METRO." The concise two line poem also is an example of Pound at work fulfilling his own dictum for what the ideal Imagist poem should be. In the February 15, 1912 issue of The New Age, Pound said:
We must have a simplicity of utterance, which is different from the simplicity and directness of daily speech . . .This difference, this dignity, cannot be conferred by florid adjectives or elaborate hyperbole; it must be conveyed by art and by the art of the verse structure, by something which exalts the reader, making him feel that he is in contact with something arranged more finely than the commonplace. (Nuwer)

"Just months later, in April, 1913, he published his famous haiku in Harriet Monroe's Poetry."

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