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Poem 1 March 21, 2013

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A Girl by Ezra Pound
The tree has entered my hands,
The sap has ascended my arms,
The tree has grown in my breast-
Downward,
The branches grow out of me, like arms.Tree you are,
Moss you are,
You are violets with wind above them.
A child – so high – you are,
And all this is folly to the world.

I found this poem to be multi dimensional.  Many things in life are compared to a tree and I perceived the first stanza as the direct relation between the workings of the human body to a tree and also to provide an image for the thoughts that grow out of a girl.  The second stanza broadens what a child can be, a flower, a tree, moss, flying.  The final line contrasts the tone of the rest of the poem, it is dismal, and because of this, it widened my eyes in an instant.  It ends with a statement on children, that the world is judging them, titling their imagination as folly.  Ezra Pound wants this girl to be above scrutinization though, to hold onto her imagination as long as possible because it is an asset.  Adults seem to lose the simple pleasure of losing themselves in an imagined fantasy and this poem makes a statement on the shame of this.
This poem is free verse, which doesn’t limit it’s rhyme scheme, diction, or organization.  It primarily focuses on the tree metaphor and each line says something about movement(enter, ascend, grow).  It speaks to the reader because it is not just a story, it is a statement about life.  It is short and simple so there are really no visual or auditory effects, the meaning is the most profound aspect.  And finally,  I always keep an eye on the title and “A Girl” serves to mean just that, not to always be a woman but to hold onto the little girl in everyone.
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