The poem is written in haiku, a Japanese poetic form with approximately seventeen syllables. In three lines, Pound presents a series of images: the metro station, the apparition, the faces in the crow, and the petals on wet, black bough ("Metro"). The title, "In a Stationof the Metro," gives the reader the expectation that the poem is about city life, bustling with people and certain indifferences that are typical in the city (1). The word "apparition" endow the mystical qualities to "these faces in the crowd," preparing the reader for the second line (2). The sudden image of "petals on a wet, black bough" starles the reader because we do no expect such beauty in a mundane city metro station (3).
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