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On Controlling Movement through Image, pt. 2

Pound writes in his essay “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste” that “an image is that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time” (200). In the next issue of Poetry, Pound provides a succinct example with his poem “In a Station of the Metro.” Each line presents an intricate image, and to extend Pound’s imperative, creates that “emotional and intellectual complex” in the interplay between the two images:

In a Station of the Metro

The apparition       of these faces       in the crowd   :

Petals      on a wet, black    bough   . Continue reading