A Short Analysis of Ezra Pound’s ‘In a Station of the Metro’

A fine example of, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” although perhaps this should be read as ear. This article only goes to show that you can read anything into this lame excuse for a poem. By any other name this would grate on the ear and leave you unmoved.

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A critical reading of a classic Imagist poem

‘In a Station of the Metro’, written by Ezra Pound in 1913, is the Imagist poem par excellence. In just two lines, Pound distils the entire manifesto for Imagism into a vivid piece of poetry, what T. E. Hulme had earlier called ‘dry, hard, classical verse’. But what does the poem mean, precisely? You can read ‘In a Station of the Metro’ here. Below, we offer a few words of analysis on this striking poem, which is one of Ezra Pound’s most famous pieces of writing.

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3 responses to “A Short Analysis of Ezra Pound’s ‘In a Station of the Metro’

  1. couldn’t agree with you more on your comment. I feel like analyses go way overboard the simple spontaneity of a poem, especially this one. Analyses of odd syntax rarely portray the truth of what the poet had initially intended to be only quirky writing perhaps (Dickinson and i would like to say Cummings, but he is in a chapter – nay, book, nay dimension – of his own). Hope this is understood. I love poetry, but i love it to be analyzed with a hint of reality – a hint of what a poem is, as well as what the writer is, a human-being.

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    • sadly I really like the Interesting literature site, they have introduced me to many works i would not have discovered myself and shown me an alternative way of looking at some but theirs is only an opinion and so can only be taken as a guide, we have to read into the work what we fee the writer may have been feeling.l

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  2. not sad at all. i believe it somehow led me to 2 other poems by Thomas Hardy and someone else. i guess my point not only stood for pound’s poem, but also for many anthologies which, much to my frustration, analyze so deeply a poem to the extent of associating some kind of imagery with the manner in which the syntax makes one go back and forth the poem trying to make sense of it. it was coincidental that i came to pound’s poem with my frustration. Analyses are very helpful, and i generally feel like an empty-headed twat when i miss some quirk or hidden (or only) meaning of a part of a poem. but i also believe that there is a line which must be drawn when analyzing, and not everything could be thrown behind it! you’re right, however feeling is the key word. nice blog, my friend. check out some of my stuff if you don’t mind. nothing spectacular, but all original. and i don’t know how to participate in those hash tag things and stuff. you seem right on. have a positive one!

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