Japanese Poetry: Haiku

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HAIKU is a form of poetry of the Japanese origin that among other characteristics implies the use of imagery in poetry. This essay purports to discuss such in “In a station of the metro” by Ezra Pound and “Some Good Things to be said For the Iron Age” by Gary Snyder. “In a station of the metro” is a poem that is basically set on the application of imagery to communicate the theme. The author of the poem compares the faces of individuals to the likeness of petals on a damp bough. The use of the petals and the nature of their wetness is imagery in use to the comparison to human life. Petals are parts of a flower that are aesthetically valued. This aspect is used to bring into view the fact that life is both elegant and beautiful. To express the endless hope and potential that is held in human life just as is expressed by the presence of the petals of a flower. The use of “dark wet bough” is a signal to the fact that it has rained. Rain is associated with a season in the real world just as human life passes through various seasons; both of joy and sadness. The picture of the petals is that they have attached to the bough having been detached from their flowers by the heavy pouring rain. This is an imagery to depict the fact that human life is sometimes tested under such weary conditions. In life people will sometimes undergo situations that will knock them from the place they are supposed to be or desire to be at. The petals attached to the bough are still fresh and alive. This
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