The smug people Pound is describing do not think or care about families; they only think of themselves.Therefore, Pound chose these two images to describe to the reader the importance of thinking of others and looking past just the surface.
We just discussed the image of the fish in the concluding two lines. Two key images Pound chose to include in this poem are 'untidy families' and 'smiles full of teeth.' These two images are used to describe the same larger idea of the fishermen, yet they are contradictory images.Pound describes the smiles he witnesses on fishermen picnicking, which one can infer would never been seen on the faces of arrogant men performing the same action.These men Pound describes smile and laugh while doing mundane, everyday tasks, whereas the current, entitled generation worries more about worldly possessions, like clothes; Pound concludes his poem illustrating this exact remark through the image of happy fish frolicking about in the water naked.The Imagist movement focused on and favored concise language, unembellished imagery, and a strong connection between the verbal and lyrical qualities of verse and mood. The second time you read through the poem, try to determine what message the speaker is trying to convey.In 1945, while living in Italy, Pound was arrested for treason and extradited back to the United States where he remained until 1958 when he was freed and chose to return to his life in Italy. Also, focus on the use of imagery (remember this is an Imagist poem! 'Salutation' O generation of the thoroughly smug and thoroughly uncomfortable, I have seen the fishermen picnicking in the sun, I have seen them with untidy families I have seen their smiles full of teeth and heard ungainly laughter.Well, here in this poem, Pound is discussing his disdain for 'the thoroughly smug' people of the world; one can easily make the comparison between Pound's opinion of both smug people and American modernist poets.He discusses how the current generation is made up of self-righteous individuals who never once think of others.One of a series of works aimed at presenting contemporary critical opinion on major authors, this collection includes essays by Walter Sutton, William Butler Yeats, William Carlos Williams, T. Essays include "Ezra Pound as Prison Poet,""Ezra Pound and Music,""The Cantos,""Pound, Whitman, and the American Epic," and "Pound, Haiku, and the Image." A chronology of important dates in Pound's life, a brief set of biographical notes on the contributors to this collection, and a thirteen-item selected bibliography of works on Pound complete the volume.Criticism is not a circumscription or a set of prohibitions. In the first line, you should have noticed Pound's use of the word 'scribbling' in reference to the current styles of poetry being published.This is a word that poets would undoubtedly find insulting and offensive; Pound chose this use of diction because, in his opinion, modernist poetry is nothing more than scribbling.