Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth,
Crushed strawberries! Come, let us feast our eyes.
- Ezra Pound
The title may be misleading, because this poem is not about art as in Picasso but about the loss of virginity. Clearly seen in the „Crushed strawberries!“ which symbolise the virginity, which has both literally and metaphorically been crushed. The mush of strawberries represents indubitably the blood spilt after a night of love and lust.
The innocence that is portrayed by “an egg-white cloth” is tainted with “green arsenic”, a poison seeking to destroy all that it embraces. In other words the green will never leave the white and thus the innocence is lost forever.
As you may conclude art is not only Salvador Dalí but mostly carnal embrace.