Ezra Pound – In a Station of the Metro

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In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
— Ezra Pound

One of those high-school era poems that has stuck with me as a writer, repeated over and over in my mind as a sort of mantra. Much is made of its fourteen words but it is imprecise to omit the title, which describes a conceivable and related thing at the genesis of the aesthetic experience. If Pound had titled the poem ‘My Poem For Francine’ for instance, unconstrained by the notion of a station of the metro each of us would locate this poem some place closer to our own minds or experiences.

This twenty word poem is highly-refined poetry (in the sense of ‘contentrated evil‘ from ‘Time Bandits‘). The word choices –the very way of imagining– belie Pound’s immersion in Japanese culture, art, and poetry.

Drawing of Ezra Pound by Wyndham Lewis
Drawing of Ezra Pound by Wyndham Lewis
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