I have come to agree. Butit REALLY changes
the effects of the poem. Petals are dead, detached.
Black bough comes to have dark connotations.
On the other hand, Pound did a pretty detailed reading of the poem,
and he says nothing of such a reading. WHich doesn't make the
reading wrong, just somehow estranged from the usual reading.
Quoting Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]>:
> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> > Because the poem uses the word apparition a number of my students
> > think that the faces are spectral or other worldly, rather than simply
> > strikingly attention getting.
> They are not necessarily wrong. A "shop girl" equated with Guido's
> shepherdess is not exactly "this-worldly."
> The ant's a centaur in its dragon world.