Sunday, April 5, 2009

Imagist


In a Station of the Metro By Ezra Pound


The apparition of these faces in the crowd;

Petals on a wet, black bough.


“In a Station of the Metro” is a famous imagist poem. Its length of only fourteen exemplifies the importance of every word in the poem. The poem is also written in the haiku style. The poem compares the chaos of the metro station to nature. Imagist poetry is essentially a series of images just as “In a Station of the Metro” is. The first image is of the “faces in the crowd.” This first image is of a crowded subway station where unknown faces pass you by. The busy industrialized image is contrasted with the natural image of “petals on a wet, black bough.” Both of these images are created to compare and contrast between them. The contrast between them is the natural vs. artificial. However, they’re both the same in their feeling of anonymity.

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