“In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound (1913)

Two illustrations inspired by the American poet Ezra Pound’s famous and famously short poem, “In a Station of the Metro,” first published in 1913.

I have no experience with Chinese and Japanese brush painting, and it is known as a technique that takes at least a whole lifetime to perfect, but it’s the idea that counts. Perhaps I will return to this theme once I’ve had a little more practice with this painting style.

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8 Responses to “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound (1913)

  1. NB says:

    Mr. Peters, are you selling prints of these?


  2. Anonymous says:

    I was actually wondering why you drew a western father figure for that little boy … Now it makes sense that it didn’t grasp any ( sense). Sorry ! But see, we always look for /at what we want to see and I guess I was looking for/at a little tenderness in that hectic daily scene …


  3. Rebecca B. says:

    Beautifully done. Each of the persons, in so few brush strokes, exudes character and personality.
    The illustration is well in keeping with the extra-short, concise, style of the poem, so pure and uncluttered.


    • Thanks! so much of East Asian painting is about minimal brushstrokes. I guess the ultimate goal would be to capture something like an individualized face in a single stroke.


      • Rebecca Bourgeois says:

        I love the ease with which you switch from one style to another, from a very classical one for poems like Prufrock to manga for When you are old, watercolour or white on black, and now Asian influnces. Lovely and inspiring.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice ! I particularly like the younger boy , who is sleeping peacefully : his face is really delicate and cute. Not to mention his little hand gently holding his father, which adds a little tenderness to this daily transportation scene.


    • Thanks! It’s interesting that you read the image that way. The little boy is actually meant to be a young woman looking at her cell phone. but admittedly
      I made her head a little too small -or the man’s head a little too big!


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