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Salutation by Ezra Pound

I was rereading Mary Oliver’s The Poetry Handbook yesterday. Saw this poem by Ezra Pound. Never fails to render me speechless.

Ezra Pound

O generation of the thoroughly smug
          and thoroughly uncomfortable,
I have seen fishermen picnicking in the sun,
I have seen them with untidy families,
I have seen their smiles full of teeth
          and heard ungainly laughter.
And I am happier than you are,
And they were happier than I am;
And the fish swim in the lake
          and do not even own clothing.

Comments (2)

  • I am intrigued in this poem. what does it mean to you?

  • That’s the same book I learned about this poem from. Love the book, and also amazed by this poem!


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