“In a Station of the Metro” Textual Intervention

Remember your extra “homework” is to create two textual interventions into Ezra Pound’s imagist poem “In a Station of the Metro” (1913). You can base your intervention on the original version of the poem as it appeared in Poetry magazine or the commonly misreproduced anthologized version (or both).

One of your interventions should be “subtle” and the other should be “outrageous” (using Rob Pope’s terms). Possible strategies include de-centering the poem, cross-textualizing it, permutating its nouns, verbs, or punctuation, shifting the voice, mood, or tense, and so on.

After you’ve intervened in the text, jot some notes down about how the poem changed.