Ezra Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho, in 1885. He went to the University of Pennsylvania for two years and then continued to get a degree in 1905 from Hamilton College. He taught for a few years at a college and traveled abroad in Europe as well. His biggest love was writing, however, and wrote many poems and other pieces in his lifetime. Pound spread the idea of imagism, in which he said that writers should, "Compose in the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome." He helped many writers of his day to progress with his ideas, and continues to inspire writers with his work today.
A very interesting poem by Ezra Pound is named In A Station of the Metro. The poem is very short and simple, just like the poems of William Carlos Williams. The poem simply says:
The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.
Ezra Pound keeps everything short and to the point, leaving everything else to the imagination of the reader. The first phrase just means that he saw the vision of these people in the crowd. He could have been coming out of a subway, going into a subway, going down the stairs and into the station, or maybe just sitting down watching the people going by. Whatever the situation was, he suddenly saw all these faces in a crown, and it affected him in such a way that he had to write a poem about it. The second phrase is pertaining to the first, because to me his is saying that these faces in the crowd reminded him of petals on a wet, black bough, or branch. There are many different things that this could mean...