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|In a Station of the Metro Stanley
This is a very short poem that contains only two sentences. When you read this poem, you may have such a question, why the author used the word "apparition"? The word means someone you see or think you see but who is not really there as a physical being. Now think about what is your first impression of a metro, or a subway? Isn't it dirty, faint, and crowded? As a result, you just can catch their figures instead of seeing clearly their appearances. Hence, I personally think the author used the word "apparition" is just right. Besides, can you imagine the countenances of those passengers? Everyone rushes to their positions, maybe an office, a factory, or a classroom. Everyone cares only about himself. The rich devote themselves into the game of earning money. The lower - ranked, workers, waiters, watchmen, or beggars are struggling to survive. All kinds of people appeared at the Metro. They all wear the same countenance, cold and indifferent, look like "apparitions".
Or you are standing on the platform, watching a train rushes by. All that you can see is the unclear and vague faces in the train. They also look like "apparitions". Compare with bough, the flowers are more colorful and give us a stronger sense of living. However the author used the word "petal". Petal is not the whole part of a flower, but a small piece. Of course it is still colorful, but not a living things. After the flowers withered, some of the petals fall down to the ground, some fall on the boughs. The author compared the people in this modern society to the petals, and used the Metro and the train to stand for the modern society. Where does the train appear, you may ask. Imagine the shape and the color of a train, then read the second sentence of this poem "a wet, black bough". Don't you think a wet black bough is much alike a train? And the petals are the passengers in the train. We are too much with this modern world. We pursue wealth and fame. We forsake the human nature. In the modern society, human beings become incomplete lives. The author warned us by this short but meaningful poem.