The Widow’s Lament in Springtime

The poem, ‘The Widow’s Lament in Springtime’ by William Carlos Williams, is about a widow experiencing her first spring without her husband. The author alludes to how spring is usually a symbol of new life, or life in general, and how the widow doesn’t care anymore. She used to love the blossoms in the spring, and they used to bring her lots of joy, but the loss of her husband overshadows that joy, and she has no interest in spring this year. They no longer bring her joy because she is missing her husband. The end of the poem alludes to her desire to commit suicide because she is so distraught at the loss of her husband. The flowers on the tree near the marsh represent a past joy that she doesn’t have anymore. She wants to visit the flowers so that she can die in the marsh. I feel like the flowers represent the temporary to her, and her husband was the permanent. She wants to become like the flowers because she isn’t happy without her husband.

Its a beautiful poem with tangible emotion that the author easily communicates to the readers. Unlike his other poems that we read, this poem is in first person instead of third person, but the voice is female. This could be because the poem might have special meaning to the author.

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