Category Archives: William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say

At first glance this poem seems rather innocent, as if the poet is writing the poem as an apology for eating the plums. The first two stanzas seem very direct and simple. “and which / you were probably / saving / for … Continue reading

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WCW: Portrait of a Lady

This poem struck me as particularly ‘real’ in terms of depicting human emotion and train-of-thought. I loved that the subject matter he chose revolved around trying to articulate the sensuous grace of a woman. The third line where we see … Continue reading

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The 38 Year-Old Man’s Lament in Springtime

In class today, we briefly mentioned the question of whether or not an author must claim some sort of authenticity or entitlement before writing of a certain experience or in a certain voice. Although there’s probably a good case to … Continue reading

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Fall of Icarus

Williams begins the poem on an impersonal level with the line “according to Brueghel” as if the succeeding stanzas belonged to an academic paper.  Next is a casual listing of daily goings on of the area, the farmer plowing the … Continue reading

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This is Just to Say

I have always loved WCW, and this has been one of his most fascinating poems for me since I first read it in high school. What makes it so compelling is its ostensible simplicity and lack of context, as well … Continue reading

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William Carlos Williams: The Red Wheelbarrow

so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens “The Red Wheelbarrow” is probably one of William Carlos Williams’ best known poems. For a poem of such simplicity, it displays a uniquely American … Continue reading

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William Carlos Williams- The Young Housewife

After reading this poem there are a few things that I noticed that I would like to point out. First of all who is this man watching the housewife? Do we get the sense that he is an ex lover? … Continue reading

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