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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