“The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” by EzraPound: Questions and Summary

“The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” by EzraPound: Questions and Summary

“The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter” by Ezra Pound

Vocabulary

eddies – currents

1. The first strophe of this poem ends with “Two small people, without dislike or suspicion.” The second begins with “At fourteen I married My Lord you.” Comment on the transition. What has changed about their relationship in addition to their getting married?

The transition is dramatic. The relationship between the people in the poem has changed as the boy is suddenly “My Lord.”

2. How do the butterflies “hurt” the river-merchant’s wife?

The butterflies hurt the river-merchant’s wife by being “paired,” as she misses being paired with her husband.


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