The River Merchant’s Wife By: Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound • Born: October 30th, 1885 • Died: Nov 1st, 1972 • Known for role in Imagism. • Worked in London in the early 20’s as a foreign editor • 1924- Moved to Italy, became Fascist • 1935- allowed to address support of Fascist. • Arrested, turned over to American forces. • Still wrote in custody. • Released and went back to Italy until death.
Meaning of poem • A letter written in monologue. • First talks about the river merchant and his wife as children. • Second talks about them getting married. • Third talks about the growth of their love. • Fourth images developing separation. • Fifth talks about the absence of the merchant. • Sixth shows how sad the wife is and alone and hurt. • Seventh reaches out to the wife for the pain she has.
Poetic devices & Theme • Theme: Passion and Love • Devices • Caesura • Figurative Language • Imagery
While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead I played about the front gate, pulling flowers. You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse, You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums. And we went on living in the village of Chokan: Two small people, without dislike or suspicion. At fourteen I married My Lord you. I never laughed, being bashful. Lowering my head, I looked at the wall. Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back. At fifteen I stopped scowling, I desired my dust to be mingled with yours Forever and forever and forever. Why should I climb the look out? At sixteen you departed, You went into far Ku-to-yen, by the river of swirling eddies, And you have been gone five months. The monkeys make sorrowful noise overhead. You dragged your feet when you went out. By the gate now, the moss is grown, the different mosses, Too deep to clear them away! The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind. The paired butterflies are already yellow with August Over the grass in the West garden; They hurt me. I grow older. If you are coming down through the narrows of the river Kiang, Please let me know beforehand, And I will come out to meet you As far as Cho-fu-Sa. Image and Poem
In a Station of the Metro. By: Ezra Pound -Hannah Nauth and Colleen DeVore
Meaning of poem • Poem shows talent as Imagist. • Entire poem deals with images. • Hints a ghostly figure the with the word “Apparition”. • Second, gives images of bright, beautiful flowers on a dark, eerie, black branch. • Also, the image of petals could reflect back to the faces.
Poetic devices & Theme • Theme: Imagism • Devices • Imagery • Caesura
Image and Poem The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough.
The Red Wheelbarrow by: William Carlos Williams • So much depends • Upon • A red wheel • Barrow • Glazed with rain • Water • Beside the white • chickens
William Carlos Williams • Born in Rutherford, New Jersey • Born in 1883 • Died in 1963 • Received his MD from University of Pennsylvania
Summary of poem • That chickens depend on wheelbarrow for food • The farmers also depend on it
Theme/ devices • Raining • Imagery
This Is Just To Say By: William Carlos Williams • I have eaten • The plums • That were in • The icebox • And which • You were probably • Saving • For breakfast • Forgive me • They were delicious • So sweet • And so cold
Summary of poem • The plums were eaten • Someone was saving them fro breakfast
Themes/ devices • Imagery • The theme is that he is hungry