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What are the major themes of "In a Station of the Metro" by Ezra Pound?

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carinamarano | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 19, 2012 at 4:19 AM via web

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What are the major themes of "In a Station of the Metro" by Ezra Pound?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 19, 2012 at 3:51 PM (Answer #1)

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This is a simple poem that uses economy of words, so I will try to do the same.

One of the themes of this poem is that life is short, and we need to capture the moments.  The poem is only fourteen words long.  It captures the moment of the metro station with a beautiful simplicity.  By choosing the bold imagist style (see the second link), Pound comments on the brevity of life.

Another theme that I take from this poem is that imagination is equal to reality.  If you look at the semicolon between the two lines as making them equal halves of the same sentence, two independent clauses, then the literal “faces” become figurative “petals” and reality and imagination are equal.

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