Literary Devices in The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Ezra Pound translated prolific Chinese poet Li Po’s poems into English, despite having no knowledge of Chinese Mandarin. As such, Pound’s poems are autonomous interpretations rather than literal translations. They incorporate much of Pound’s avant-garde style, a literary movement that used unusual or experimental forms to communicate their themes. Pound was one of the poets at the forefront of Imagism, a literary movement that prized clarity, rhythm, and vivid, sensuous imagery. Traditional Chinese or Eastern poetry shared a number of these poetic tendencies and would have undoubtedly appealed to Pound for this reason.