In a Station of the Metro by Ezra Pound
In a Station of the Metro
by Ezra Pound (1885 – 1972)
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
That’s it. “In a Station of the Metro” has only fourteen words in two lines. Why? Ezra Pound was an expatriate American Modernist poet who is considered one of the leading Imagist poets.
In his notes on the poem, he explains, “In a poem of this sort, one is trying to record the precise instant when a thing outward and objective transforms itself, or darts into a thing inward and subjective” (Gaudier-Brzeska: A Memoir by Ezra Pound, p. 153).