The Garden

Original Text: 
Ezra Pound, "Contemporania," Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, 2.1 (April 1913): 2. Ezra Pound, Lustra (London: Elkin Mathews, 1916) 12. PS 3531 O82L8 1916 Robarts Library. See also Ezra Pound's Poetry and Prose: Contributions to Periodicals, prefaced and arranged by Lea Baechler, A. Walton Litz, and James Longenbach (New York and London: Garland, 1991), I (1902-1914): 133. PS 3531 O82A6 1991 Robarts Library.
En robe de parade.
3And she is dying piece-meal
5And round about there is a rabble
6Of the filthy, sturdy, unkillable infants of the very poor.
8In her is the end of breeding.
9Her boredom is exquisite and excessive.
11And is almost afraid that I
12                will commit that indiscretion.


1] The verse preface to Au Jardin de l'Infante (1893) by Albert Samain (1858-1900) opens, "Mon âme est une infante en robe de parade."
skein: loosely coiled length. Back to Line
2] Kensingston Gardens: 275 acres of fashionable park in the West End, including flowers, the Palace Gardens, the Albert Memorial, and statues of Queen Victoria, William III, and Peter Pan. Back to Line
4] anemia: "anæmia" in 1916. Back to Line
7] Matthew 5.5: "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (from Jesus' sermon on the mount). Back to Line
10] This line does not begin a verse paragraph in 1916. Back to Line
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Publication Notes: 
See Gallup C76
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1998.