Walter Sutton: On "The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter"

The precise, Imagist technique of these poems, in Pound's rendition, can be seen in "The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter." The speaker is a young wife, married at fourteen, who expresses, largely through images, the loneliness and isolation she feels in separation from her husband, absent on a five-month business trip, and her eagerness to be reunited with him. . . .

The effect of an intense, repressed emotion is conveyed through carefully selected images and minimal statement -- a method productive of the kind of poetry at which the Imagists were aiming: a precise, objective rendering.

From American Free Verse: The Modern Revolution in Poetry. Copyright © 1973 by Walter Sutton.


Title Walter Sutton: On "The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Walter Sutton Criticism Target Ezra Pound
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 05 Oct 2015
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication American Free Verse: The Modern Revolution in Poetry
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