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Minimalism in Modernism

I’ve been taking a class about Modernism in American Poetry through EdX, and the first poem that we looked at was “In a Station of the Metro,” by Ezra Pound. In the lecture video and class discussion thread, much of the analysis centers around a comparison of eastern and western images, a Paris metro station verses a branch of Japanese cherry blossoms.

What really strikes me is the positive connotations the poem illicits for these “faces in the crowd.” Since the title mentions the metro, which is used for daily travel, I immediately think of commuters, which are often portrayed as mindless sheep shuffling through their day. By comparing them to “petals on a wet black bough” they are rendered as fragile and beautiful. Petals are often washed away in rain, so any that remain to a dark branch saturated with rain would really be strong, and holding on, in a sense. Set next to this image, the faces in the crowd are also revealed to be fragile, but strong, briefly illuminated by an arriving train, holding on.

What’s your impression?

Strange Happenings This Week:

Celebrate:

Monday, July 30th- International Friendship Day has been sporadically celebrated since 1919, but was declared an international holiday in 2010 in by the UN to “s day set aside to promote friendship among peoples, cultures and countries.”

See:

Friday, July 27 – Total Lunar Eclipse. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, Africa, western and central Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Western Australia. (NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

Watch:

Thursday, July 26- Shark Week is in full swing on Discovery Channel. I’m looking forward to the Tiger Shark Invasion special, documenting how tiger sharks are turning the Galapagos’ ecosystem upside down.

Volunteer:

Chemo Angels is a non profit group that pairs volunteers with patients undergoing chemo therapy. Volunteers send their patients cards, small gifts, and letters meant to offer encouragement and a welcome distraction.

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