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William Carlos Williams - Spring And All

By the road to the contagious hospital
under the surge of the blue
mottled clouds driven from the
northeast—a cold wind. Beyond, the
waste of broad, muddy fields
brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen

patches of standing water
the scattering of tall trees

All along the road the reddish
purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy
stuff of bushes and small trees
with dead, brown leaves under them
leafless vines—

Lifeless in appearance, sluggish
dazed spring approaches—

They enter the new world naked,
cold, uncertain of all
save that they enter. All about them
the cold, familiar wind—

Now the grass, tomorrow
the stiff curl of wildcarrot leaf

One by one objects are defined—
It quickens: clarity, outline of leaf

But now the stark dignity of
entrance—Still, the profound change
has come upon them: rooted they
grip down and begin to awaken

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Poet: William Carlos Williams
Poem: Spring And All
Poem of the Day: Feb 7 2012

Comment 14 of 14, added on August 22nd, 2011 at 8:04 AM.

The persona seemed like reminiscing all the bad memories he ever had in the past. Telling us how awful was it. But he believe that all the things neither bad or good that may happen has its reason. And the reason must be for good....::))

ench from Philippines
Comment 13 of 14, added on January 23rd, 2011 at 9:27 PM.
Hea blogi


Sourry-online from United States
Comment 12 of 14, added on December 23rd, 2010 at 5:04 PM.

in this poem there is a linkage between hospital which stands for curing diseases and the landscape depicted by the poet which is also sick and needs to be cured also the poem depends on the poetry immediate observation

m.m from Saudi Arabia

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