The poem “In the station of the metro”, is an example of a haiku. It has been described that a haiku depends largely on the power of concrete images and this is what is seen in the poem. Apart from this, a haiku resides in the power of metaphors and the poem is seen to use metaphors. A metaphor refers to a figure of speech in which a word is used to describe a different thing to which is not literally applicable. It is where a comparison is made on two unrelated subjects in that the first object is used to describe the second object. A metaphor used includes when the writer says ‘petals on a wet, black bough’. A metaphor makes the reader get a deeper meaning of something by comparing it to a known thing.
The speaker uses the word “rainbow” to describe the movement of fish in water. The speaker watched the fish when it was at the bait and had pity on it and when it broke the bait and moved in water he enjoyed seeing it move.
The writer notices that even though the station is dirty, those working there are happy and there is someone who takes care of it. In using these objects, the writer is in a position to describe exactly what the filling station was made of. No parallel can be drawn with the wheelbarrow of the “red wheelbarrow by William Carlos. This is because the wheelbarrow in the “red wheelbarrow”, is used as a metaphor and therefore an example of a haiku while “in the station of the metro” is not a haiku
Personification is a figure of speech considered as a metaphor in which an inanimate object is given human abilities. The poem personified the “crowd”, “waves” and the “cloud”. The last stanza reveals that the poet is used to being in solitude and that he has learned to find happiness in it.
The poet uses a controlling metaphor when he uses grades A and B plus to describe performance level. No because the speaker initially declares that if she puts her mind on it then she will improve.