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In a Station of the Metro Summary & Analysis
by Ezra Pound

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"In a Station of the Metro" is a poem by American writer Ezra Pound, originally published in 1913. Pound's two-line poem is a famous example of "imagism," a poetic form spear-headed by Pound that focuses above all on relating clear images through precise, accessible language. In just 20 words (including the title!), this poem manages to vividly evoke both a crowded subway station and petals on a tree branch. By juxtaposing these two very different images, the poem blurs the line between the speaker's reality and imagination and invites the reader to relate urban life to the natural world—and to perhaps consider each of these realms in a new light.

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