In a Station of the Metro | Study Guide

Ezra Pound

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1.

The apparition of these faces in the crowd.


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Only the title of the poem tells the reader that "these faces in the crowd" appear to the speaker in a subway station. The word these invites the reader to share the moment of seeing the faces in the station. The abstract word apparition has multiple meanings: a ghostly figure, an unexpected sight, or an act of becoming visible. Pound's use of the word clues the reader that the poem is not so much about the faces but about the way the speaker feels upon seeing them.

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Petals on a wet, black bough.


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Pound place the second phrase after the first without a conjunction such as and or but, using a poetic device called parataxis. The effect is to ask the reader to consider the possible relationships between the faces in the crowd and petals flowering on a wet tree branch. The faces may be considered something glimpsed suddenly against a dark background, like the petals. The petals, in turn, suggest that there is beauty to be found everywhere, even in a metro station.

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