In a Station of the Metro | Ezra Pound (1912)

Suzuki Harunobu, Woman Admiring Plum Blossoms at Night, 18th century (detail)

The apparition       of these faces      in the crowd;
Petals     on a wet, black bough.

Ezra Pound


Imagist poem first published in 1913 in the literary magazine Poetry.
Ezra Pound describes a moment in the underground metro station La Concorde, in Paris in 1912.

The pavilion entrance at Bastille Métro station, Paris, 1900

The first subway access were designed by Hector Guimard (1867- 1942) 
in style "art nouveau", in vogue at the beginning of the century.

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