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And life slips by like a field mouse Not shaking the grass... Pound

Not the "decoration" but the "essence". Pound's poetry goes to the very heart of the "thing". Without using a single verb, Pound creates a fourteen word "vision" of modern life and its uneasy relationship with nature. The persona in the poem speaks without speaking. The absurdity of the "apparition" of the people on the metro, and the unexpected beauty of the image is heard only in the tone of voice. The uncanny pairing of these distinctly different images turns the piece of writing into a musing on modern life, on transience and on the discerning, sharp gaze of the observer. Is the persona removed from his vision? Is he an outsider? an observer? or just another apparition? The second poem is more direct in its philosophy of transience. Once again it is the image - "And life slips by| like a field mouse| Not shaking the grass" - that unravels meaning and emotion. The economy of language in Pound's contemplation, and the attention to detail ("the glance is the enemy of the vision" - Pound exclaims elsewhere) allows the reader to enter the poem again and again, and unsheath layers of feeling one by one. Pound’s definition of the image was “that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time.” He said, “It is the presentation of such a ‘complex’ instantaneously which gives the sense of sudden liberation; that sense of freedom from time limits and space limits; that sense of sudden growth, which we experience in the presence of the greatest works of art.” - https://poets.org/text/brief-guide-imagism



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