Vanessa asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 4 weeks ago

What is the theme/tone of this poem?

Lo, how it gleams and glistens in the sun

Like the cheek of a Chesterton. 

"The New Cake of Soup" by Ezra Pound. 

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  • denise
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    4 weeks ago
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    It describes the smoothness and shine on a 'new' bar of soap.

           

    A Chesterton is a well padded leather sofa [which would shine with the sun on it].

    • Tina
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      4 weeks agoReport

      That is actually a Chesterfield. The couplet is about G K Chesterton, a writer whom Pound disliked.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    The theme is Ezra Pound's contempt for the author G.K. Chesterton. The tone is dismissive and satirical. Oh, and it's "Cake of SOAP," not Soup.

    • Tina
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      4 weeks agoReport

      It also strikes me as peculiarly weak.  Quite apart from the simple fact that you almost never do see a cake/bar of soap *in* the sun

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